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Susan Thomas of Bitdefender Recognized as One of CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel

May 2017

Bitdefender, a leading Internet security company protecting 500 million users worldwide, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Susan Thomas, North America – Distribution & Chanel Sales Manager to its prestigious 2017 Women of the Channel list.

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

With more than 25 years of experience, Susan Thomas has been part of the of the Bitdefender organization for over 5 years. In her role, she’s responsible for driving distribution and channel strategies.

Under Susan’s direction last year, the NA channel grew more than 75% in 2016 and is expected to grow over 100% in 2017.

One of her top accomplishments was to drive the consolidation of the distribution partners whilst also taking the lead in revamping the entire partner on-boarding and training process.

Susan was awarded the coveted “Channel Manager of the Year award for 2016” at the Bitdefender worldwide sales meeting held in Europe in January 2017.

“These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company “They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

“I’m honored to be recognized by CRN as a Women of the Channel”, said Susan Thomas. “At Bitdefender, we are committed to improving the entire channel experience for our partners by providing the best and most comprehensive on-boarding plan offering support, education, and programs to our partners thus ensuring we are easy to do business with and accelerating our collective growth. My top priority is to make it easy to do business with Bitdefender.”

The 2017 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at