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Joe Sykora, VP of Worldwide Channel Development and Anna Wehberg, Senior Director of Field and Channel Marketing of Bitdefender Recognized as 2018 CRN® Channel Chiefs

February 2018

Bitdefender announced today that CRN® a brand of The Channel Company, has named Joe Sykora and Anna Wehberg to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs.

Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, announced today that CRN® a brand of The Channel Company, has named Joe Sykora, VP of Worldwide Channel Development and Anna Wehberg, Senior Director of Field and Channel Marketing for North America, to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organization 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 2018 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

Sykora’s dedication to channel partners and vision for the future of Bitdefender’s channel program are just some of the reasons why he was selected for this year’s Channel Chiefs. Sykora has a demonstrated ability to drive successful channel initiatives and is charting Bitdefender’s move from a regional approach to a global structure, helping to fuel the company’s recent rapid growth.

Wehberg is responsible for developing and executing the vision and strategy to grow Bitdefender’s North American presence. She and her team have worked to increase the growth, profitability, and competitive positioning of Bitdefender’s partners by developing a new deal registration program, enhanced marketing programs, and educational opportunities over the last year.

“The executives on CRN’s 2018 Channel Chiefs list stand out for their exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to the channel,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “These individuals deserve special recognition for their development and support of robust partner programs, innovative business strategy and significant contribution to the overall health of a vigorously growing channel. We applaud each Channel Chief’s impressive record of accomplishments and look forward to their future successes.”   

“I am honored to be included in this year’s CRN Channel Chiefs and to share the title with my colleague Anna Wehberg,” said Sykora. “Bitdefender’s award-winning channel program provides significant advantages to channel partners that enable them to accelerate their growth and profitability. We plan to continue advancing at a hypergrowth rate while focusing on developing and maintaining long-standing relationships and creating a partner strategy that rewards those that invest in Bitdefender.“

“I am proud to represent Bitdefender along with Joe Sykora in this year’s CRN Channel Chiefs,” said Wehberg. “As Bitdefender is a 100 percent channel-based company, the success of our partners correlates to the success of our company.  In order to have good partners, you need to be a good partner, and we are excited to continue finding ways to show our dedication to the prosperity of Bitdefender’s worldwide network of more than 7,000 reseller partners.

The 2018 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at and will appear in the February 2018 issue of CRN.

About Bitdefender

Bitdefender is a global security technology company that provides cutting edge end-to-end cyber security solutions and advanced threat protection to more than 500 million users in more than 150 countries. Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a provider of choice in both hybrid infrastructure security and endpoint protection. Through R&D, alliances and partnerships, Bitdefender is trusted to be ahead and deliver robust security you can rely on. More information is available at

About The Channel Company

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