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Jun 28, 2018

Mitel Execs Stephanie Ford and Kilynn Sommer Recognized as Two of CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel

Acknowledged for Leadership, Vision and Role in Driving Channel Growth and Innovation

OTTAWA, June 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Stephanie Ford, Director of Enterprise Sales for the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, and Kilynn Sommer, Director of Channel Marketing and Events, to its prestigious 2018 Women of the Channel list. The executives who comprise this annual list 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.

Stephanie Ford
Director of Enterprise Sales for the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, Mitel

Kilynn Sommer
Director of Channel Marketing and Events, Mitel

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

As Director of Enterprise Sales for the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, Ford oversees a regional sales team focused on helping Mitel partners devise strategies to evolve with the rapid innovation and industry-wide disruption resulting from the shift to cloud. Convergence of traditional business communications with video, messaging, workflow integration and even social media requires supporting partners in new ways. Ford’s in-depth knowledge of technical advancements and business needs ideally position her to guide partners and customers in successfully navigating the path to UCaaS and other cloud-based services and applications.

In her role as Director of Channel Marketing and Events, Sommer leads the Mitel North American team responsible for the development of sales enablement tools to facilitate channel partners in building customer demand and increasing brand consideration for both Mitel and their own organizations. As part of this effort, she established a marketing platform solution, which serves as a comprehensive resource for partners to leverage in launching revenue-generating marketing campaigns and aiding customers in finding their best path to the cloud. In addition to offering greater visibility into campaign progress, the solution also provides access to creative tools, discounts for supporting prospect lists and best practice guidelines.


“This accomplished group of leaders is steadily guiding the IT channel into a prosperous new era of services-led business models and deep, strategic partnerships,” said Bob Skelley, CEO, The Channel Company. “CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel list honors executives who are driving channel progress through a number of achievements—exemplary partner programs, innovative product development and marketing, effective team-building, visionary leadership and accelerated sales growth—as well as advocacy for the next generation of women channel executives.” 

“The number of companies moving to cloud communications is rapidly increasing as businesses look to remove barriers, drop costs and supercharge productivity. Those in the channel community who embrace cloud and quickly adjust to offer subscription-based services, faster response times and redefine the customer experience will reap the rewards,” said Todd Abbott, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Services, Mitel. “It’s a new world and, Stephanie and Kilynn keenly understand the market opportunity and how to guide Mitel’s partners along the journey as they work to match business communications solutions with each customer’s unique needs.”

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