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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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8. Top Solution Providers Name New Chief Executives

Four top-50 companies on the CRN Solution Provider 500 have put appointed new CEOs in recent months: Dimension Data, West Corp, Pomeroy and Black Box.

Dimension Data tapped longtime SAP executive Ross Wainwright, who previously led the vendor's S/4HANA Cloud business, as Americas CEO. The systems integration heavyweight has been dealing with executive departures, layoffs and cost-cutting initiatives during the past couple of years.

West Corp named former payment industry executive John Shlonsky as the successor to 26-year company veteran Tom Barker, following closure of the telecom services provider's acquisition by Apollo Global Management.

Pomeroy promoted CFO Brian Robinson to replace CEO Chris Froman, who became executive chairman on the board of directors. And Black Box just this month hired its second CEO in as many years, board member Joel Trammell, amid persistent sales woes.

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