Celebrating Diversity and Leadership: SonicWall’s Kenna Ith and Oscar Chavez-Arrieta Named 2024 Inclusive Channel Leaders


We are thrilled to announce that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has honored Kenna Ith and Oscar Chavez-Arrieta of SonicWall as 2024 Inclusive Channel Leaders. This prestigious recognition celebrates executives across vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations who exemplify inclusive leadership and drive positive change within the IT channel.

In its second year, the CRN Inclusive Channel Leaders list acknowledges leaders who are dedicated to advancing equity and diversity, not only within their own organizations but also throughout the broader technology industry. Kenna and Oscar have demonstrated outstanding commitment to fostering inclusion and belonging, making significant impacts through their leadership.

Oscar Chavez-Arrieta, SonicWall’s Executive Vice President of LATAM has been instrumental in advocating for diversity initiatives at SonicWall. He actively mentors employees from underrepresented backgrounds and provides invaluable feedback to enhance our inclusion policies. His efforts have helped create a more inclusive workplace environment where everyone feels empowered to contribute their best.

Kenna Ith, SonicWall’s Senior Director, Global Installed Base Programs has prioritized inclusive leadership by implementing focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and fostering open communication channels for all team members to voice their perspectives and thoughts – while creating opportunities to learn and grow personally.

“We are honored and humbled by this recognition from CRN,” said Ith. “At SonicWall, we believe that diversity and inclusion are not just buzzwords but essential values that drive innovation and success. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to fostering a workplace where every voice is heard and valued.”

Jennifer Follett, VP, U.S. Content, and Executive Editor at CRN, remarked, “We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees for their commitment to inclusivity across the channel. With their transparent leadership, they help create welcoming environments where employees can bring their best selves to work to help their business succeed. Congratulations to these leaders for their deep dedication to bringing greater equity to the channel. We look forward to learning from their inclusive leadership and seeing what they achieve next.”

The CRN 2024 Inclusive Channel Leaders list will be featured in the August issue of CRN Magazine, and you can explore online coverage starting July 8 at www.CRN.com/Inclusive-Leaders. Join us in celebrating Kenna Ith, Oscar Chavez-Arrieta, and all the honorees for their outstanding contributions to promoting diversity and inclusion within the IT channel and beyond.

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Bret Fitzgerald
Bret Fitzgerald is a dynamic marketing and public relations executive who specializes in the IT industry — specifically B2B software. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Fitzgerald has consistently generated metric-driven results and considers himself lucky enough to work with industry leaders in the tech, retail, hospitality and online marketing industries. Fitzgerald strategically oversees multiple PR agencies worldwide and all of SonicWall’s global PR efforts.