New role of “VP of Supplier Management” elevates the game for PlanetOne’s 300+ carriers, service providers and equipment suppliers
Scottsdale, Ariz., June 15, 2021 – PlanetOne, is pleased to announce business growth leader Karie Atwood is now part of the PlanetOne executive team. In her new role as Vice President of Supplier Management, Karie sets the strategy for engaging with PlanetOne’s 300+ carriers, service providers and equipment suppliers and has her fingers on the pulse of PlanetOne’s MDF playbook and incentives. Karie is also responsible for running PlanetOne’s insanely successful Preferred Provider Program, which grew by 30% last year.
“Karie is at the wheel and working across the organization to keep every carrier, provider and supplier engaged with PlanetOne performing at the top of their game, especially our 30+ Preferred Providers,” says Ted Schuman, Founder and CEO, PlanetOne.
Karie joined PlanetOne on June 14, bringing with her 16 years of experience in the telecom and IT sector, a reputation for excellence, and an undeniable drive for speed, agility, and performance—a few key traits pulled in from her 13+ years of racing motocross.
“I’m a huge fan of the work hard, play hard mentality that PlanetOne advocates and the team and our partners exude,” says Atwood. “Over the last 18 months when many companies idled back in the face of uncertainty, PlanetOne gassed it, and that’s exactly how I operate – focused and full speed ahead. I’m excited to bring my experience and my drive for excellence to PlanetOne and build on the success of the programs in play, as well as introduce a few best practices to scale our success and generate greater synergies for all stakeholders.”
Karie’s street credibility is backed by a series of impressive wins across business development, co-op marketing and channel sales. She is a trusted colleague, decisive executive and outspoken leader for diversity, equality, and inclusion, serving as part of the Channel Partners / Channel Futures community and a member of the Alliance of Channel Women and CompTIA’s Advancing Channel Women.
“Karie is a game-changer and exactly the executive we were looking for to take our company and results to the next level,” says Chris Werpy, COO, PlanetOne. “I love the momentum and the value we’ve got going on here at PlanetOne, and so do our partners. We continue to invest and innovate; all with a singular focus on providing the best Partner Experience in the industry.”
Connect with Karie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karieatwood/
PlanetOne is the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner for identifying and delivering cloud-based and connectivity solutions to small and midsize businesses and enterprises. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the industry pioneer is celebrated by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and regarded as a top-performing partner for hundreds of telecom agents and channel partners nationwide. In 2018, PlanetOne was named one of the Best Places to Work by The Business Intelligence Group. Since 2017, the company has been honored as one of the “Nation’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” by the National Association for Business Resources. In 2015 and 2017, PlanetOne ranked No. 1 in the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey, and has been recognized as one of Arizona’s largest privately-held companies as part of the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards program, since 2016. The award-winning PlanetOne Partner Program has also been included in CRN’s Connectivity Solutions Partner Program Guide and Cloud Partner Program Guides.
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