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CRN’s Women of the Channel 2021 Recognizes McAfee Leaders

Every year CRN recognizes the women who are leading the channel and their unique strengths, vision, and achievements. This year, CRN recognized five McAfee individuals on their prestigious list of those leading the channel. Those selected demonstrate commitment to mentoring future generations and driving channel innovation and growth.

The 2021 Women of the Channel (WOTC) awards highlight over 1,000 women in all areas of the IT ecosystem, including technology vendors, distributors, solution providers and other IT organizations. We’re thrilled to see our colleagues recognized for their strategic vision and dedication to channel success. See below to learn more about each McAfee honoree.

Please join us in celebrating this recognition and congratulating these exceptional women who are at the heart of our channel business.

Kristin Carnes, Senior Director, Global Distribution Sales, Strategy

A channel veteran of 20+ years and 2020 WOTC recipient, Kristin Carnes joined McAfee through the acquisition of Skyhigh Networks and has lead channel growth for industry bellwethers like EMC (NYSE: EMC), Nimble Storage, (HPE Subsidiary) and Veritas Software. She was chosen to lead McAfee’s global channel programs and operations and now leads global teams supporting an extensive network of distributors. Kristin was instrumental in organizing the early 2021 expansion of McAfee and Ingram Micro’s partnership to sell in more than 20 countries leveraging the Ingram Cloud Marketplace. She has also launched new partner experience initiatives that have been adopted worldwide and driven changes in the McAfee rebate policy to improve partner profitability.

Madeline Fugate, Distribution Account Manager

Madeline Fugate is an experienced sales and marketing leader with 23 years of experience in the channel. Madeline has a passion for mentoring and nurturing younger talent. Through coaching, she has developed a strong McAfee team for Tech Data that has delivered Tech Data’s Cyber Range with McAfee on premise and cloud solutions as well as an easy to use customer demo environment. Her work with Tech Data led to further growth in 2021 with IBM. This year, she also launched McAfee’s first social media campaign through Tech Data and played a fundamental role in improving operational efficiency to reduce quoting lead times.

Sheri Leach, Senior Distribution Account Manager

With 25+ years of experience in distribution, Sheri Leach has dedicated the last 15 years to supporting and growing Ingram Micro with their McAfee business. This year, she was instrumental in launching McAfee on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace soon to bring in millions of dollars in no touch business to McAfee and our partners. She’s worked closely with the team at Ingram Micro to also facilitate a creative finance program and to deliver a Business Intelligence program that helped the McAfee sales teams to create, plan and execute on business plans to drive more sales. Sheri was recognized on the 2020 WOTC list and believes that in 2021, the keys to partner success are partner enablement, frequent engagement and special finance to ensure partners are thriving amid the pandemic.

Sarah Thompson, Worldwide Service Provider Program Manager

Sarah Thompson joined McAfee’s channel organization 13 years ago and has spent the last six years focused on building the Service Provider Specialization for partners delivering managed services globally. This year, Sarah managed the launch coordination, tracking progress and initiatives across product, channel, marketing and executive teams for McAfee’s partner lead managed endpoint detection and response (EDR) offerings. She’s driven innovation for McAfee’s channel by helping define a select set of partners as Global Service Provider Partners through the creation of formal requirements and curriculum.

Natalie Tomlin, Director, North America Channel Sales

Natalie Tomlin has been at McAfee for over 20 years, and currently drives much of McAfee’s “Channel First” global strategy through resources, tools, enablement and marketing efforts ensuring partners and customers have a good experience with McAfee. Her team is focused on helping McAfee’s strategic partners lead customer cloud adoption and deliver security from Device to Cloud. Returning to the WOTC list from 2020, Natalie’s current goal is to continue with McAfee’s “Channel First” strategy and to continue empowering, enabling, and listen to our partners.