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Wayne Newton of Linksys Recognized As 2017 Crn Channel Chief for Second Year

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Playa Vista, Calif. – February 28, 2017 – Linksys®, a market leader in home and office networking solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Wayne Newton, to its prestigious list of Channel Chiefs for the second year. Newton is the Director of Commercial Markets, Americas for Linksys. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2017 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

Wayne Newton oversees the sales channels for Linksys and Belkin B2B business, including government, direct and indirect resellers, distribution network, OEM partners, and service providers. CRN recognized Newton for his role in re-establishing the Linksys small and medium business lines of products following Belkin's acquisition in 2013 and for re-launching Linksys in the SMB channel. He’s also responsible for the successful integration of the Linksys and Belkin channel programs, which has led to a more engaged reseller community, and a new partner program, PartnerAdvantage.

“The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy and helping to advance the channel as a whole,” said Bob Faletra, CEO of 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 achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a CRN 2017 Channel Chief amongst an influential group of executives. This award underscores our dedication to the channel,” said Wayne Newton of Linksys. “We’re committed to our channel partners and for developing quality products, operational processes, and support programs that help them be more successful in the field and grow their organizations. Linksys Clustering is one example of how we refined product development to meet our customers’ needs.”

In 2016, Linksys introduced new management capabilities across its entire portfolio of business-class wireless access points (AP) that greatly reduce the costs and complexity of managing multiple AP units. One of the biggest headaches for IT administrators is around the management of APs. Linksys Clustering enables IT channel companies to manage up to 16 APs simultaneously through a single interface without a WLAN Controller. This greatly minimizes the time, effort and cost spent to administer their customers’ wireless networks, while also reducing the potential for manual errors around configurations.

Newton continued, “We’re continually improving and making investments to PartnerAdvantage in support of our valued partners, and plan to roll out new incentive programs in 2017.”

In addition to being recognized as a CRN Channel Chief this year and in 2015, Newton was named a CRN Top 100 executives in the category of Innovators in 2014.

The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/channelchiefs. Follow The Channel Company: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

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About Linksys
The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

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