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The 10 Biggest Channel Stories Of 2017

CRN rounds up the most significant and influential channel developments of the past year, including a slew of high-profile acquisitions, leadership changes and private equity investments.

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10. Optiv Begins Expansion Spree, Loses Top Executives Under New Ownership

Private equity firm KKR & Co. completed its estimated $2 billion acquisition of Optiv Security in February, and the ensuing months have certainly been eventful for the security solution provider.

The Denver-based company bolstered its presence in New England with the purchase of Comm Solutions, No. 217 on the 2017 CRN SP 500, for an undisclosed amount. Optiv also expanded its board of directors, adding former FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt and retired U.S. General David Petraeus.

At the same time, there has been a sizable degree of executive turnover under KKR. Anirban Chakravartti was named senior vice president, worldwide partner solutions, as the company pivots toward global market expansion. But Optiv also has experienced "a flood" of high-level executive departures, as well, according to a June report published by CRN.

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