Intel Security has named Richard Steranka as its global channel operations senior vice-president.
Steranka will lead the company’s worldwide channel, heightening its commitment to bring proactive, connected security to its partners and their mutual customers.
He will report directly to Intel Security senior vice-president of global sales, Scott Lovett, and lead the global team responsible for its ecosystem of distributors, value-added resellers, managed service providers, alliances and embedded OEMs.
In addition, he will be responsible for the continued development of the partner ecosystem, stressing the value for partners of building-out integrated security capabilities with fewer vendors, but with better services and expertise.
“Security has become one of the main topics in today’s boardrooms and is a major area of investment for Intel. We see a need to redefine the industry by providing better security outcomes that not only protect, but also enable our partners to help customers detect when they are compromised and quickly correct to a known good state,” Lovett said.
“Richard brings a deep understanding of the complex challenges the world’s enterprises face today. His ability to cultivate strong relationships, strategic and collaborative leadership style, as well as vast knowledge of worldwide markets will be key to our partner community.”
With more than 25 years of experience in strategic sales and channel leadership roles, Steranka joins Intel Security from Avaya, where he held the worldwide partner organisation vice-president role. He was in this position for a little over two years.
Prior to joining Avaya, he held numerous leadership positions at Cisco in sales, channels, marketing and operations roles across a span of almost 20 years in Canada and the US.
“Security is perhaps the most rapidly evolving field within IT, with new threats and technologies coming to market every day. Staying relevant and on the offense is imperative so that our partners can not only reach their own profitability goals, but also better protect our mutual customers from next-generation cyber threats,” Steranka added.