Julie Parrish, Todd Palmer, and David Drahozal of NetApp Recognized as Channel Chiefs by Everything Channel’s CRN
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-February 22,
2011-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that Julie
Parrish, vice president of Global Partner Sales; Todd Palmer, vice
president of Americas Channels; and David Drahozal, director of
Channel Sales for the U.S. Public Sector, have all been named
Channel Chiefs by Everything Channel's CRN. Channel Chiefs are
leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution
providers. They consistently defend, promote, and execute effective
channel partner programs and strategies.
This year's Channel Chiefs were chosen by the
CRN editorial staff. Applicants were judged based on policy and
program innovations made during the past year, the amount of
revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness
to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of
years they have dedicated to channel activities.
- Julie Parrish was recognized for strengthening NetApp's partner
ecosystem, increasing focus on cloud enablement to help partners
make the transition to the cloud, and helping to launch the Imagine
Virtually Anything™ (IVA) initiative with Cisco and VMware.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Parrish was named a Channel
- Todd Palmer was recognized for his continued focus on the
midsized enterprise market segment; the launch of the NetApp®
KickStart Service Builder™, to help partners deliver
professional services to their customers based on the same tools
that NetApp uses internally; and increasing investment in
partner-focused programs and incentives to help partners drive
incremental revenue through net-new account acquisition and
installed- base penetration. This is the third consecutive year
that Palmer was named a Channel Chief.
- David Drahozal was recognized for strengthening relationships
with key technology partners, increasing investment in partner
support for solution-specific U.S. Public Sector proposals, and
increasing investment in tools, resources, and training to help
NetApp partners market, sell, and deliver their own brand of
professional services with their NetApp solution sales.
- Julie Parrish, vice president of Global Partner Sales,
"Todd, David, and I are excited and honored to be chosen as Channel
Chiefs. NetApp's commitment to our partners' success is a central
tenant of our business strategy, and we see this recognition as
validation of our approach."
- Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director,
"The CRN Channel Chiefs list is a comprehensive listing of the
leading channel executives at vendor organizations and their
accomplishments. This prestigious list serves as a valuable
must-read for solution providers looking to get to right contacts
within the vendor community. We applaud this year's Channel Chiefs
for their successful partner programs and strategies."
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions
that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business
breakthroughs. Discover our passion for helping companies around
the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com
Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused
events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing
services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement,
Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute
integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner
recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to
accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company.
To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at www.everythingchannel.com.
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