Intel Security names new worldwide channel chief
Richard Steranka to replace Gavin Struthers as head of global channels
Intel Security has added a former Avaya and Cisco Systems executive to lead its channel partner programme.
The computer security software company has appointed Richard Steranka as its head of worldwide channels.
Steranka replaces Gavin Struthers, who was appointed president of Intel Security's Asia Pacific region in March. As head of Intel Security's worldwide channels, Steranka is expected to lead the global team responsible for Intel Security's ecosystem of managed service providers (MSPs), distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), alliances and embedded original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Intel Security said.
Steranka has more than 25 years of experience in strategic sales and channel leadership roles. He previously served as vice president of Avaya's worldwide partner organisation and has held numerous leadership positions at Cisco in sales, channels, marketing and operations.
Scott Lovett, Intel Security's senior vice president of Global Sales, said Steranka "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," Lovett said in a statement.
Intel Security also noted that Steranka will be responsible for the continued development of Intel Security's partner ecosystem, along with building out integrated security capabilities, new services and deeper expertise to protect customers against a wide range of security threats.
"Security is perhaps the most rapidly evolving field within IT, with new threats and technologies coming to market every day," Steranka added. "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."