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Joe Sykora VP of Worldwide Channel Development at Bitdefender Honored on CRN’s 2020 Top 100 Executives List

July 2020


Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity company protecting over 500 million systems worldwide, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Joe Sykora, VP Global Channel Development for Bitdefender, to its 2020 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognizes innovative executives from the technology industry who are shaping, transforming and disrupting the IT channel.

Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity company protecting over 500 million systems worldwide, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Joe Sykora, VP Global Channel Development for Bitdefender, to its 2020 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognizes innovative executives from the technology industry who are shaping, transforming and disrupting the IT channel.

Sykora, a 21-year-veteran of the security industry, joined Bitdefender after seven years at Fortinet, bringing directly relevant industry experience to the mix. Before his time at Fortinet, he founded, built and sold his own systems integration company, demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to his channel partner programs. Recognized in the industry for his ability to increase channel sales and develop award-winning channel teams, Sykora has continuously proven his dedication to drive growth and revenue in the organization through channel partners.

“It’s an honor to make the Top 100 Executives list, attesting to the effectiveness of our award-winning partner network, which is constantly innovating and improving,” Sykora said. “Having had a Partner Program and channel offering since 2011 and a dedicated MSP program since 2014, Bitdefender has rapidly become one of the most trusted cybersecurity solutions in the space with over 20,000 managed service providers using Bitdefender technologies today. The investment that Bitdefender is making in the channel and in our partners is unparalleled, and I look forward to continuing Bitdefender’s award-winning work, bringing a new level of progress to our channel program.”

The Top 100 Executives being recognized have demonstrated exemplary leadership and innovative ideas for the IT channel. In doing so, they support vendors, solution providers, and technology suppliers thrive in an ever changing and complex IT marketplace.

“As the IT channel becomes increasingly complex, especially when companies have had to shift to an all-remote workforce, it has presented new challenges for solution providers and technology suppliers alike,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The technology executives on CRN’s 2020 Top 100 Executives list have been able to adapt their channel strategies and continue to provide exemplary leadership to keep their businesses running seamlessly, regardless of today’s challenges.”

The Top 100 Executives list will be featured in the August 2020 issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/Top100.


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