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The Top 25 IT Innovators Of 2020

As part of CRN‘s Top 100 Executives Of 2020 list, here are the 25 Most Innovative Executives, those who are always two steps ahead of the competition.

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24. Jed Ayres



The channel, technology and marketing-savvy CEO has established IGEL as the undisputed edge operating system market leader for cloud workspaces. Under Ayres’ leadership, IGEL is headed toward 1 million IGEL operating system seats being sold and activated each year.

One of IGEL’s biggest accomplishments under Ayres: making IGEL the first Linux operating system green-lighted by Microsoft for use with Windows Virtual Desktop.

As he has moved from CEO of IGEL North America to CEO of the overall Germany-based company, Ayres has kicked into high gear a plan to take the company from $150 million in sales to $1 billion. He has also continued to double down on IGEL’s growing channel partner network. Look for more big channel and technology bets from Ayres over the course of the next year.

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