Sophos North America Channel Chief Kendra Krause Highlights CRN’s 2014 Women of the Channel – Power 100

June 05, 2014 Sophos Press Release

OXFORD, UK – June 2, 2014 – Sophos today announced that Kendra Krause, channel chief for North America, has been recognized as one of this year’s Power 100 in the annual Women of the Channel list from CRN. Three other Sophos leaders join Krause in the 2014 Women of the Channel listing, including Justine Lewis, Regina Vignone and Melissa Lyons.

The annual Women of the Channel list highlights the accomplishments of female executives within vendor, distribution, and solution provider organizations, and the impact they are having on the advancement of the IT channel. The Power 100 spotlights an elite subset of female executives at vendor and distributor organizations whose insight and influence in their respective companies help drive channel success.

Michael Valentine, senior vice president, worldwide sales and channel, Sophos, said, “As the global head of the Sophos channel, I’m thrilled for these leaders to receive such well-deserved attention. I’m proud to call each of them colleagues and friends. Our channel teams feature highly-motivated and smart professionals committed to making Sophos a great place to work and a vendor of choice for the channel. It is quite an accomplishment for our company to secure four women in this impressive listing.”

CRN’s Women of the Channel – Sophos Edition

  • Kendra Krause – The vice president of channel sales for the Americas, Kendra is credited with building the new Sophos Partner Program which was announced in February 2014. She has received numerous accolades from the channel community over the years.
  • Justine Lewis – Justine is the vice president of global field and channel marketing. Her team built the infrastructure to support the new channel programs and integrated the efforts of marketing, sales and channel teams to drive maximum impact. She also managed the global Sophos Partner Conferences.
  • Regina Vignone – Regina is the director of channel sales for North America, East. Last year, her team successfully recruited well over 200 new partners to join the Sophos channel.
  • Melissa Lyons – Melissa is a senior specialist of channel marketing programs. She executes go-to-market programs in support of our channel initiatives, and most recently managed the Sophos Partner Connections conference in Las Vegas.

Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company, said, “We are committed to raising the visibility of the contributions of women in the channel, and we applaud the far-reaching influence of these executives who are defining today’s channel and helping to shape its future.”

A special feature of the Women of the Channel is in the June issue of CRN magazine and expanded coverage of the Power 100 will be featured online at

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