8. Wendy Bahr
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Partner Organization
After leading Cisco's $18 billion Americas Partner Organization since 2012, Wendy Bahr was tapped in July to be the vendor's first female global channel chief. Bahr will lead Cisco's 60,000-partner channel business, which accounts for more than 80 percent of revenue. One of her priorities is finalizing Cisco's new Software Partner Program, which will launch in early 2016.