Avnet announces 4 executives named among 2014 CRN Women of the Channel

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., today announced that four of its U.S.-based executives were named among the 2014 CRN Women of the Channel. The Avnet Technology Solutions executives honored on this list are Alison Challman, vice president, marketing and brand solutions, HP Solutions group; Jessica Yeck, vice president, sales, HP Solutions group; Rebecca Handley, national sales director; and Nicole Enright, vice president, marketing and strategy acceleration.
The annual 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 industry as a whole.
“Alison, Nicole, Rebecca and Jessica epitomize our commitment to collaborating closely with our partners and suppliers to grow their businesses profitably,” said Jeff Bawol, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “All four of these professionals helped our channel community capitalize on high-growth opportunities and navigate the rapidly evolving technology market. We are proud of their well-deserved industry recognition from CRN, and it highlights the positive impact these executives have had in positioning Avnet, our partners and our suppliers for long-term success.”

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Named to the Women of the Channel list for the second time, Challman was selected for her part in defining the marketing strategies for Avnet’s HP Solutions team over the past year. Specifically, she was instrumental in creating go-to-market strategies, enablement programs and channel-ready solutions to help HP partners capitalize on high-growth market opportunities, such as big data and analytics, converged solutions and cloud computing.
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Making her second consecutive appearance on the Women of the Channel list, Yeck helped Avnet’s partners and suppliers grow in innovative ways. Throughout the past year, Yeck enhanced the expertise of her sales team in data center solutions, converged systems, and big data and analytics to help them support partners at an even deeper level. In doing so, she continued to champion programs for HP that differentiate its technology and drive its market share.


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Making her first appearance on the Women of the Channel list, Handley spearheaded the successful onboarding of three new Avnet product lines in the past year for her sales territory: EMC, HP and CommVault. She was instrumental in managing the necessary change brought about through these expansions and focused on increasing employees’ knowledge of the new solution areas so they could provide Avnet’s partners with the highest quality of service.
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In addition, Enright was selected for the fourth consecutive year as a Power 100 Woman of the Channel. Over the past year, Enright played a significant role in aligning Avnet’s sales and marketing efforts with top technology trends in order to accelerate the success of Avnet’s channel partners. Her primary focus was on developing resources and capabilities that enabled Avnet’s partners to offer more complete solutions to their end-user customers around converged infrastructure, cloud computing, mobility, and big data and analytics.
The Women of the Channel will be featured in the June issue of CRN magazine and online at www.crn.com