SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner Recognized on CRN’s 2021 Top 100 Executives List


Olympic athletes are not the only ones being recognized for their hard work and commitment this summer. CRN has once again named SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner to its 2021 Top 100 Executives list and honored him in the Top 25 IT Innovators of 2021 sub-category.

The annual list honors the passionate and hard-working technology executives who are supporting, growing and redefining the IT channel. These executives have demonstrated their commitment to the channel and proved themselves as exemplary leaders through their innovative channel-focused strategies and initiatives.

“The SonicWall channel is the heartbeat of our company that has propelled us forward for the last 30 years,” said Conner. “We have been 100% driven by the channel since our founding, and it is our mission to thank those partners by providing them with the technology, tools and support they need in order for them to achieve success and bypass their goals.”

CRN’s Top 100 Executives list acknowledges the tech visionaries who are blazing new trails within the larger IT space. It honors executives across four sub-categories: the 25 Most Influential Executives, Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders, Top 25 Innovators and Top 25 Disruptors, each with its own set of strengths that impact the IT channel.

“New technology trends, such as the shift to remote work, cloud computing, SaaS, and IoT, have forced companies to rapidly adapt to an IT landscape that gets more complex by the day,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “However, with IT executives like those featured on our CRN 2021 Top 100 Executives list leading the charge, those same companies are better equipped to tackle modern IT challenges. These leaders have demonstrated an unceasing commitment to business growth and IT innovation, and I have no doubt they’ll continue to do so as new challenges arise.”

Founded in 1991, SonicWall first sought to onboard top resellers, VARs and system integrators that focused on providing high quality, affordable inter-networking solutions to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB) and educational institutions. Today, SonicWall has grown to more than 17,000 channel partners worldwide.

SonicWall is credited for building the award-winning SecureFirst partner program in 2016 that grew 500% in one year as partners around the world were re-introduced to products and comprehensive offerings.

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SonicWall Staff