Unstoppable focus on success and service earn Shapiro recurring recognition as one of IT channel’s top female leaders
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 16, 2016 — PlanetOne Communications, the IT and Telecom industry’s preferred connectivity partner, today announced CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named its president, Lauren Shapiro, to the prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list. The win marks the second consecutive year Shapiro has been recognized among the IT channel’s top female executives. Shapiro made her debut in 2015 as one of the IT and telecom channel’s Top 100 most powerful female executives.
The 2016 Women of the Channel list spans the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Honorees are recognized for outstanding leadership, vision, and their unique role in driving channel growth and innovation. CRN editors select the Women of the Channel on basis of their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.
Shapiro’s top goals and accomplishments throughout the past year include cultivating a creative and collaborative company culture, identifying and executing new ways to broaden PlanetOne’s portfolio of relevant cloud providers and better educate and enable partners on new technologies, and continually enhancing its business resources to meet the ongoing needs and goals of its channel partners and preferred vendors. Under Shapiro’s leadership, PlanetOne’s success and share around cloud services has grown rapidly in a matter of months, earning the company several high-profile, multi-million dollar deals and welcoming many high profile logos to the firm’s vendor lineup and solutions portfolio.
“One of our core principles at PlanetOne is advocating relentlessly for our partners and Lauren leads that charge daily throughout the organization,” said Ted Schuman, CEO, PlanetOne. “Whether it’s paving the way for more business or handling escalations above and beyond normal channels, our channel partners know we’ve got their back and will go the extra mile every day to grow their business. Lauren’s leadership, persistence and dedication is certainly contagious and we are proud to see her recognized again this year by CRN as one of the IT channel’s top women executives.”
A spotlight on Shapiro is featured as part of the 2016 Women of the Channel list in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/wotc2016.
“These executives have made a lasting mark on our industry—growing and elevating partner programs, leading transitions to new business models and introducing cutting-edge go-to-market strategies, among other remarkable achievements.” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate all the 2016 Women of the Channel and celebrate their singular contributions to the advancement of the channel ecosystem.”
About PlanetOne Communications
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 2015, PlanetOne ranked No. 1 in the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Best Places to Work” survey. The award-winning PlanetOne Partner Program is included in CRN’s Connectivity Solutions Partner Program Guide in 2014 and 2015. To reach PlanetOne call (877) 487.8353 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Marie Rourke (for PlanetOne Communications)