BELMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Zane Long, vice president of Global Channel Sales, to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners.
Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2018 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending, and executing outstanding channel partner programs.
Long’s channel leadership at RingCentral has led to stellar growth in channel partner bookings, with Q4 2017 marking the seventh quarter in a row that channel partner bookings grew by over 100% year-over-year. The channel has also contributed greatly to midmarket and enterprise business, with this segment now a $178 million annualized business that grew 76 percent year-over-year in Q4 2017. In addition, channel partners contributed over 35 percent of RingCentral’s overall bookings in Q4 2017, up from about 20 percent last year.
“The executives on CRN’s 2018 Channel Chiefs list stand out for their exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to the channel,” said Robert Faletra, executive chairman of The Channel Company. “These individuals deserve special recognition for their development and support of robust partner programs, innovative business strategy, and significant contribution to the overall health of a vigorously growing channel. We applaud each Channel Chief’s impressive record of accomplishments and look forward to their future successes.”
“We are proud that The Channel Company has recognized Zane for his leadership and commitment to channel excellence,” said Ryan Azus, EVP of worldwide sales at RingCentral. “Enterprise demand for cloud communications solutions is rising rapidly, and partners are recommending RingCentral because we are the largest cloud communications solutions provider and growing almost twice as fast as the category. We look forward to capitalizing on this momentum in 2018.”
The 2018 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at crn.com/channelchiefs and will appear in the February 2018 issue of CRN.
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RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG) is a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premises systems, RingCentral empowers today’s mobile and distributed workforce to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere, on any device. RingCentral unifies voice, video, team messaging and collaboration, conferencing, online meetings, and integrated contact center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading business apps and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
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