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Four SolarWinds MSP Leaders Named to CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs List

Elite List Honors Executives Who Demonstrate IT Channel Influence, Innovation, and Growth

DURHAM, North Carolina – Feb 21 2020 – SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company®, has named four of its executives to the 2020 Channel Chiefs list. The honorees include Mike Cullen, group vice president, partner success; Frank Colletti, senior vice president, worldwide sales; Colin Knox, head of community engagement; and David Weeks, director of sales.

The annual list recognizes the top vendor executives who continually demonstrate exemplary leadership, influence, innovation, and growth for the IT channel.

“All four of our Channel Chiefs honorees are accomplished leaders who bring dedication, integrity, and tremendous vision to our company and the IT channel overall,” said John Pagliuca, president, SolarWinds MSP. “Each one is passionate about our Partners’ growth and success, respected by their colleagues and peers, and highly deserving of this honor. On behalf of SolarWinds MSP, I’d like to thank CRN and The Channel Company for recognizing their influence and impact.”

In the past year, all four SolarWinds MSP executives were instrumental in building upon the success of the company’s world-class MSPs by nurturing their growth as well as their security expertise. In 2019, a powerful new solution, SolarWinds® Passportal, was added to the MSP portfolio to provide easy-to-use password management and privileged client knowledge management tools in a single console. In addition, the company introduced the SolarWinds Endpoint Detection and Response solution through a partnership with SentinelOne®, the autonomous endpoint protection company, to help MSPs prevent, detect, and respond to the latest threats to customer endpoints with patented Behavioral AI. The launch of SolarWinds N-central® 12.2, which hosts a wide range of new features including network topology mapping, disk encryption manager, and enhanced automation and patch capabilities, was also a 2019 highlight.

In 2019, SolarWinds MSP also launched and built out several MSP-focused programs emphasizing customer success including the MSP Institute, the MSP Customer Success CenterMSP PulseMSP Advice ProjectTHWACKcamp™ MSP sessions, and also continued to grow its partner conference Empower MSP.

“The IT channel is undergoing constant evolution to meet customer demands and changing business environments,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Channel Chiefs work tirelessly, leading the industry forward through superior partner programs and strategies with a focus on helping solution providers transform and grow. Our team here at The Channel Company congratulates these outstanding individuals for their dedication to the channel.”


CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN Magazine and online at





About SolarWinds

SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software. Our products give organizations worldwide—regardless of type, size, or complexity—the power to monitor and manage their IT services, infrastructures, and applications; whether on-premises, in the cloud, or via hybrid models. We continuously engage with technology professionals—IT service and operations professionals, DevOps professionals, and managed services providers (MSPs)—to understand the challenges they face in maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures and applications. The insights we gain from them, in places like our THWACK® community, allow us to solve well-understood IT management challenges in the ways technology professionals want them solved. Our focus on the user and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT management has established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in solutions for network and IT service management, application performance, and managed services. Targeted for MSPs, the SolarWinds MSP product portfolio delivers broad, scalable IT service management solutions that integrate layered security, collective intelligence, and smart automation. Our products are designed to enable MSPs to provide highly-effective outsourced IT services for their SMB end-customers and more efficiently manage their own businesses. Learn more today at

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