Windstream Appoints Executives To Bolster Channel Sales

Cloud & Connectivity business

Hyderabad: US-based network communications provider Windstream that has its India office in Hyderabad, recently announced that it has named Ron Beer as vice president of channel sales South division and Michael Brennan as head of national and strategic programs.

“We are pleased to welcome experienced and talented channel sales executives like Ron and Michael to Windstream,” said Layne Levine, president of Windstream’s Cloud & Connectivity business unit. “We are committed to the success of our channel partners, and I’m excited to have them contribute their experience and expertise to continue Windstream’s own program evolution.”

Beer has more than 15 years in channel and partner sales in the network services industry including positions as vice president of partner sales at Earthlink and vice president of channel sales at Windstream. During his career, Beer has earned a reputation within the industry for building strong teams that marshal growth for his team and for his partners.

Brennan has held key leadership roles over inside channel sales, account management, and most recently within the national partner program for the past nine years. He was instrumental in the successful channel transformation at Earthlink, most specifically in the master agency program.

In India, the company has discussed enhancements for its channel partner program following its merger with EarthLink earlier this year. At a channel partner conference, Windstream executives focused on how customers are using SD-WAN to enhance their connectivity with remote sites.

“We have been meeting with our Partner Advisory members and other channel partners to understand firsthand their priorities, and we are incorporating those into our channel roadmap,” said Olen Scott, Windstream’s new vice president of Channel Sales in a statement.

Over the past year, Windstream has taken steps to improve its channel partner program, including adding dedicated Sales Engineering, Sales Support/Sales Order Coordination and Account Management to the Indirect Channel; dedicated sales engineering team members located across the company’s service areas, and a consolidated Service Order Coordinator and Channel Advocate programs that ensure more focused and responsive sales-support functions, including quoting, partner support and order entry/processing, said the company in a statement.

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