WatchGuard Executive Recognized as a CRN Channel Chief for Innovative Partner Program

SEATTLE - February 24, 2016WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, today announced that Coletta Vigh, director of Global Channel Programs, is recognized by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, in its list of 2016 Channel Chiefs. The prestigious CRN list showcases those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT industry.

Those on the list have demonstrated an enduring support for the channel by consistently defending, promoting and executing effective channel partner programs and strategies. Selections were made by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for IT channel sales.

Vigh leads the company's efforts to enable channel partners to advance their business goals. She is responsible for all aspects of the WatchGuardONE Channel Partner Program and transitioning the partner base and sales teams from a volume-based to a value-based channel program. Vigh educates channel partners and internal sales teams and leads messaging, global program enforcement, infrastructure alignment, and benefits realization.

"We are honored to present the 2016 lineup of CRN Channel Chiefs, comprised of outstanding executives who move our entire industry forward by cultivating exemplary partner programs and executing cutting-edge business strategy," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their incredible strides and look forward to following their accomplishments in the coming year."

"I'm excited to be recognized by CRN as a 2016 Channel Chief! As WatchGuard is a 100 percent channel driven company, our business success is tied directly to the success of our partners," said Vigh. "It's rewarding to see how partners are realizing their investment in our WatchGuardONE Channel Program - with tools that help drive revenue and exceed customer expectations. Our partners are providing best-in-class Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances to help protect customers."

The 2016 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2016 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/channelchiefs.

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