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Wayne Newton of Linksys Recognized on Crn’s List of Top 100 Executives



Los Angeles – August 2, 2018 – Linksys®, celebrating thirty years of networking and WiFi innovation for the home and business this year, , announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Wayne Newton, Director of Commercial Markets, Americas for Linksys, to its 2018 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognizes leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities, or forging innovative routes to success.

Wayne Newton oversees the sales channels for Linksys and Belkin branded B2B business, including government, direct and indirect resellers, distribution network, OEM partners, and service providers. He is responsible for channel development and oversees onboarding, development and growth of Linksys’ channel partners. Newton is being recognized as a Top 25 Sales Leader – an award that highlights channel sales executives who have excelled at growing revenues with their partners. This marks the second year that Newton has received this award. In 2014, he was named a CRN Top 100 executives in the category of Innovators. Additionally, he’s been recognized as a CRN Channel Chief three times (2018, 2017, 2015).

“Visionary and strategic leadership can make the difference between just surviving and actually excelling in this period of disruptive change for the IT channel,” said Bob Skelley, CEO, The Channel Company. “In order for technology suppliers and solution providers to thrive and stay ahead of the competition, they need leaders who are able to envision both the future of the channel and the role their organization needs to play to create that reality. CRN’s 2018 Top 100 Executives embody these qualities. They are change agents who deliver unwavering guidance to their companies, always asking where are we headed and not being afraid to take the necessary steps to get there.”

Newton places high importance on nurturing partner relationships. "It’s an honor to be named to CRN's Top 100 Executives listing. This prestigious industry award underscores our commitment to the channel by offering competitive solutions and programs that solve our customers’ most pressing business challenges,” said Wayne Newton. “In an industry with a rapid pace of change, a collaborative approach with our channel partners is vital. My team and I share a motivation to improve the channel ecosystem.  We constantly think about how we can improve our programs and product lines to support our partners who are working to increase their revenues and remain competitive. We look forward to even greater success with them in the coming year. That said, IT solution providers should keep an eye out for some innovative product announcements from us later this year.”


The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2018 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/top100.  


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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 unequaled 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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