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Women in the McAfee Channel

At McAfee, we work hard to advocate and empower women in what remains a male-dominated industry. Women currently make up less than 20 percent of U.S. tech jobs, despite making up more than half of the U.S. workforce, according to recent data compiled by virtual event solutions company, Evia. Considering the great talent and diversity of thought that women bring to our organizations, it is clear we need more women in tech.

With that said, I am proud and honored to recognize five outstanding women from McAfee who have been named by CRN on its prestigious Women of the Channel list. This annual list is comprised of brilliant women that span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

Sue Fossnes has been dedicated to the design, development and success of partner programs in the security market for much of her distinguished career. She has held positions in the cybersecurity industry leading regional and global channel programs and operations, where her innovative programs resulted in top line revenue growth and additional profitability opportunities for partners.  Sue has worked diligently to simplify and enhance the portfolio of McAfee profitability programs for our partners, with the goal of enriching the value proposition for partnering with us, and rewarding those partners who have invested deeply in our relationship in a predictable fashion.

Carrie Hayes is a senior marketing leader recognized for her broad marketing expertise in strategic planning, communications, demand generation, branding, and content marketing in technology for over 20 years, half of which has been spent at McAfee in various channel marketing roles.  Carrie develops integrated marketing strategies that enable partners to enhance their security expertise, increase profitability, drive demand and increase relevancy with customers across multiple routes to market around the globe. She also manages the McAfee global channels brand and solutions go-to-market for the channel. Most recently, Carrie led the Intel acquisition and McAfee spin-off re-branding initiatives for the Global Channels Organization.

Chari Rhoades leads the Americas channel operations and distribution at McAfee. Within her channel operations role, she leads a team responsible for special projects, enablement, and communications for the Americas’ partners. Her distribution team is focused on leveraging capabilities to increase McAfee’s customer market share. She also oversees several key channel initiatives focused on generating net new logos and new business growth.  Chari has held leadership roles in marketing, sales operations and communications.

Pamela Boich leads strategic planning and major initiatives for the global partner sales organization. Her team is responsible for driving the transformational projects that enables McAfee to better serve partners and customers, and provide global support to transacting distributors, resellers, and service providers. Pam entered the telecom and embedded systems industry in market research and product marketing roles.  She later transitioned into sales operations, partner programs, and strategic planning, and is now serving as the channel’s functional owner for key projects such as a Salesforce.com CRM implementation, Configure-Price-Quote development, and partner relationship management initiatives.

Regan Ogner is a senior leader of global distribution sales and works with internal teams and distributors worldwide to drive mutual growth and profitability. She has also held senior leadership roles in global partner marketing to accelerate partner growth and loyalty including partner enablement, demand generation, incentives, marketing development fund investments, events, digital marketing and partner communications. Regan joined McAfee Canada in 2010 where she was responsible for the Canadian and Northeast U.S. marketing strategy and programs.  Regan is a creative marketer and an authentic leader who helps others excel while making a positive impact on the business.

Please join me to congratulate these five women on this exciting recognition. Their passion and confidence never ceases to amaze me as they serve as an inspiration to the women they engage with, their teams, our channel partners, and future generations of women in the tech industry.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021 as cybercrime will more than triple the number of job openings in the next five years. I am encouraged and proud to have the women of McAfee lead by example and ultimately attract more women to a career in cybersecurity.

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