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2022 Channel Chiefs: The 50 Most Influential

Rick Whiting

In celebration of CRN’s 2022 Channel Chiefs, here are 50 leaders who drive the channel agenda and evangelize the importance of channel partnerships within the IT industry.

Proofpoint

Joe Sykora

SVP, Worldwide Channels, Partner Sales

Sykora, who joined Proofpoint in December 2020, said the past year was “pivotal” for the Proofpoint channel as he oversaw the rollout of a channel strategy to support all partner routes to market and make it easier for partners to do business with the company.

As part of the strategy, the company introduced product specializations around the Security Awareness and Training platform and Information Protection platform, aiding partners who build practices around those offerings. Proofpoint’s product access program was revamped, allowing partners to reach the company’s entire solution set. And deal registration and incumbency programs were modernized to protect partners with initial and future sales.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN.

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