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Karen Chastain of Episerver Recognized as One of CRN’s 2017 Women of the Channel

Chastain honored for second consecutive year on prestigious list of female leaders

CRN, a trade magazine published by The Channel Company, today named Karen Chastain to its 2017 Women of the Channel list. Chastain, director of strategic alliances and global partners at Episerver, a global provider of a single platform to smartly manage digital content, commerce and marketing in the cloud, was also recognized last year. 

The executives named to the annual Women of the Channel list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

“These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company “They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

Chastain’s career spans more than 16 years and includes roles in partner relationship management, strategic planning and marketing. She currently oversees Episerver’s global network -- which comprises more than 800 channel partners worldwide --  leveraging strategic alliances with technology partners to bolster engagement and expand customer reach and competitive advantage.

“I am honored to again join this prestigious list of highly talented and successful executives,” said Chastain. “While we’ve seen more diversity in the technology field in recent years, we still need to raise awareness in order to better balance the gender scales. It’s encouraging to see groups like Women of the Channel create a community of like-minded women that support each other and help educate the tech industry as a whole on diversity in the workplace.”

Chastain is currently an active member in the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and their Women in Technology (WIT) community, participating on the leadership team for WIT at Microsoft’s annual partner conference, Inspire

The 2017 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online

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