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Stephanie Ford, Lana King and Kilynn Sommer of Mitel Honored as Three of CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel

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Mitel®, a global leader in business communications, announced today that CRN®,
a brand of The
Channel Company
, has named Stephanie Ford, Regional Vice President
of Enterprise Sales UC; Lana King, Senior Director of Global Channel
Strategy and Programs; and Kilynn Sommer, Senior Director of Channel
Marketing and Events, to its prestigious 2019 Women of the Channel list.

The leaders on this annual list are from all areas of the IT channel
ecosystem; representing technology suppliers, distributors, solution
providers, and other IT organizations. Each is recognized for her
contributions to channel advocacy, channel growth and visionary
leadership. CRN editors choose the list from a multitude of channel
leadership applicants and select the final honorees based on their
professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise, and ongoing
dedication to the IT channel.

  • As Regional Vice President of Enterprise Sales UC, Stephanie Ford
    focuses on growing and enhancing the direct touch aspect of Mitel’s
    business by collaborating with partners to ensure delivery of an
    exceptional customer experience. Ford also helps partners navigate new
    solutions and adapt to meeting the demands of digital transformation
    through a customer-centric sales approach. She additionally supports
    Mitel’s channel program team in executing program objectives aimed at
    growing Mitel’s market share.
  • In her role as Senior Director of Global Channel Strategy and
    Programs, Lana King ensures channel program requirements and benefits
    align with the company’s go-to-market strategy while also supporting
    partner investments and performance. Her work includes connecting
    Mitel’s internal networks with partners through different forms of
    engagement, along with providing opportunities for support and
    training, open communications and feedback. She also played an
    integral part in the launch of Mitel’s new partner relationship
    management solution and program dashboard.
  • As Senior Director of Channel Marketing and Events, Kilynn
    Sommer creates highly effective lead generation programs, which enable
    partners to market and promote their partnership with Mitel more
    easily. Over the last several months, she successfully planned and led
    efforts around key Mitel on-site and UCaaS growth initiatives.
    Sommer’s current goals center around continuing to build a robust,
    lead-generating marketplace from which the channel can pick and choose
    programs to fit their requirements and leverage to grow their business.


“CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list honors influential leaders who are
accelerating channel growth through mutually-beneficial partnerships,
incredible leadership, strategic vision, and unique contributions in
their field,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “This
accomplished group of leaders is driving channel success and we are
proud to honor their achievements.”

“Many businesses are fast tracking their move to cloud as they digitally
transform and look to gain operational efficiencies. An increasing
number of these organizations are also viewing their communications and
collaboration services as a perfect starting point,” said Lou McElwain,
Senior Vice President, Americas Sales – UC, Mitel. “Stephanie, Lana and
Kilynn are on the frontlines, helping partners pivot to take advantage
of this opportunity, and providing our customers flexible options
whether they choose public, private or hybrid cloud.”

The 2019 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of
CRN Magazine and online at

Additional Facts

  • Mitel is trusted by more than 70 million users each day to provide an
    exceptional communications and collaboration experience.
  • Synergy Research Group ranks Mitel #1 in total cloud seats seven
    consecutive years.
  • Mitel is the only brand recognized across the Gartner Magic Quadrants
    for Contact Center, Unified Communications and Unified Communications
    as a Service.

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About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our
dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and
innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we
connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end
users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we
draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for
ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

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About Mitel

A global market leader in business communications powering more than two
billion business connections, Mitel helps businesses and service
providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their
customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 70
million business users in more than 100 countries. For more information,
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