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 2017 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending, and executing outstanding channel partner programs.
With a successful track record of over 14 years in the channel, Long has spent his career creating and launching national and international channel partner programs, while also developing business relationships with leading partners in the industry. In 2016 at RingCentral, he added 20 new key partners to the program, including Carousel Industries, Intelisys, and Avant, just to name a few. Previously, he served as Cbeyond’s national vice president of channel sales, and senior vice president of global partner sales for Genband.
“The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy, and helping to advance the channel as a whole,” said Bob Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year.”
“We are honored that The Channel Company has recognized Zane for this prestigious award,” said Ryan Azus, senior vice president of worldwide sales at RingCentral. “Zane’s leadership, vision, and extensive network have helped position RingCentral as a leading provider of cloud communications and collaboration solutions among the channel community. The debate between legacy on-premise systems and the cloud is over, as we’re seeing enormous traction among partners due to the demand for cloud solutions by their enterprise customers.”
The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/channelchiefs.
RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a global provider of cloud unified communications and collaboration solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premise systems, RingCentral empowers today’s mobile and distributed workforce to be connected anywhere and on any device through voice, video, team messaging, collaboration, SMS, conferencing, online meetings, contact center, and fax. RingCentral provides an open platform that integrates with today’s leading business apps while giving customers the flexibility to customize their own workflows. RingCentral is a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service Worldwide for the second consecutive year. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, Calif.
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