2014 Channel Chiefs: The 50 Most Influential

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Palo Alto Networks

Ron Myers
VP, Worldwide Channels

Palo Alto Networks, the fast-growing developer of next-generation firewall appliances, appointed Myers its first global channel chief in September. Myers, a 15-year channel veteran, was working as global channels president for videoconferencing vendor Polycom when Palo Alto Networks called.

Myers oversees relationships with some 1,300 partners, about 500 of which were added to the NextWave partner program in 2013. Some of those partners have told CRN they are replacing customers' legacy firewalls with Palo Alto appliances. With partners playing such a major role in Palo Alto's aggressive market plans, Myers has a big role to play.

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