Kaspersky Lab announced today that CRN® has recognized Cecilia Lessard, senior director of distribution, MSP and channel sales operations at Kaspersky Lab, in its list of “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” in the IT channel for 2018. For many years, Kaspersky Lab channel leaders have been recognized on this list for their contributions to the industry.
CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” is an annual list compiled by the editorial team, using feedback from solution providers and industry executives, to acknowledge channel management team members from the industry’s top vendors and distributors. Those recognized on this list work diligently to drive innovation, profits, and successful partnerships, keeping the IT channel growing and their organizations thriving.
As a dedicated member of the Kaspersky Lab channel team for nearly a decade, Lessard has established and built strong relationships across the channel and plays a key role in managing the partner advisory council that supports the company in decisions made around channel partner program efforts in North America. In her role, Lessard is responsible for leading B2B channel distribution, including alignment and execution of strategic objectives through marketing, operations and sales enablement, as well as scaling and supporting the company’s MSP program. In addition to this recognition, earlier this year Lessard earned the CRN Women of the Channel achievement for her second consecutive year.
“Congratulations to Cecilia for this well-deserved recognition within the channel community.” said Jason Stein, vice president of channel, Kaspersky Lab North America. “She has consistently exemplified what it means to excel in this industry and I am incredibly proud of her unmatched work ethic, talent and exceptional leadership within the company.”
“This outstanding group of unsung channel heroes work tirelessly to create, promote, and manage programs and policies that support their partners and the advancement of the channel overall,” said Bob Skelley, CEO, The Channel Company. “We are honored to bring these individuals into the spotlight with CRN’s 2018 list of ‘100 People You Don’t Know But Should’ and to recognize them for their undeniable contributions to the channel.”
The 2018 list of “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” will be featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com/100people.