February 08, 2021
Press release

Acronis’ Patrick Hurley and Amy Luby Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel Chiefs

Each honored for their leadership roles in helping channel partners grow and prosper with the company's innovative approach to cyber protection

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, February 8, 2021 - Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, named Patrick Hurley, Vice President and General Manager of Sales, Americas, and Amy Luby, Chief Channel Evangelist, to its 2021 list of Channel Chiefs. The prestigious CRN® Channel Chiefs list, released annually, recognizes leading IT channel vendor executives who continually demonstrate outstanding leadership, influence, innovation, and growth.

The 2021 Channel Chiefs are prominent leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies, programs, and partnerships. Like all honorees, Hurley and Luby were selected by CRN's editorial staff based on their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments as channel advocates.

"It is an honor to have two of Acronis' channel leaders recognized by CRN as Channel Chiefs in 2021. Pat and Amy are outstanding leaders who embody Acronis' commitment to helping our partners grow their businesses, empowering them with in-demand cyber protection solutions and top-notch go-to-market sales strategies," said Jan-Jaap Jager, Board Advisor and CRO of Acronis. "The success of our partners drives our business, and the relationships Pat and Amy have cultivated with channel partners are critical. Listening to what helps them compete and ensuring Acronis incorporates that knowledge into things like our new #CyberFit Partner Program, which launched earlier this month, ensures we all can succeed."

Hurley joined Acronis in 2008, where he has overseen the Americas sales business for the past 12 years. Prior to his current role as Vice President and General Manager of the Americas, he served as a Senior Director of Sales, building and scaling the Acronis sales model in the United States. With his extensive knowledge of working with varied vertical markets, Hurley has managed Acronis' SMB, Enterprise, Federal, SLED, and Latin American businesses for more than a decade.

With 26 years' experience in global channel sales, marketing, support, and operations, Luby has a proven track record of building high-performance direct and indirect channels from the ground up while establishing, building, and growing channel communities. She is also a proven entrepreneur and pioneer in the IT services industry, having founded and built one of the first managed services providers (MSPs) in the U.S. and then expanded that into one of the first Master MSPs, defining those business models in the process. Luby founded Modern MSP, a global MSP community sharing best practices daily and sits on several channel community boards, including ASCII and CompTIA.

Acronis partners applaud the accolades

Upon learning of the recognition from CRN, several channel partners observed that the honors were well-earned by the Acronis duo.

"Climb is a proud partner with Acronis and I've had the pleasure of working closely with Patrick Hurley who is equally passionate about people and the power of the channel," noted Dale Foster, CEO, Climb Channel Solutions. "As a Specialty Distributor, his leadership and dedication to the business have helped us to acquire strategic deals, opening doors to win more cloud business; build strong and lasting partnerships with key VARs, as well as helping to reinforce a sales culture that puts the customer's needs first. This is a well-deserved recognition and a testament to his profound understanding of the channel and customers. Congratulations on the nomination, Pat!"

Likewise, Luby's commitment to the channel community was noted.

"I had the awesome opportunity to tour around the country with Amy and discuss the state of our channel. Many great conversations around security, running and scaling an MSP and general life lessons ensued," said Matt Lee, CISSP, Director of Technology and Security, Iconicit. "I think Amy's past life on my side of the fence as an MSP, combined with years of experience with the channel, allows her to bridge the gap and drive teamwork to make this business the best industry to participate in. I look forward to working with Amy in more presentations, panel discussions, and fireside chats in the future."

About the CRN Channel Chiefs

"CRN's 2021 Channel Chiefs list includes the industry's biggest channel evangelists, a group of individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of their partners and drive growth through the development of strong partner programs and innovative business strategies that help bring business-critical solutions to market," said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. "The Channel Company is proud to recognize these channel influencers and looks forward to following their continued success."

Please reach out to acronismedia@acronis.com if you would like to learn more from Pat Hurley and Amy Luby directly regarding Acronis' progressive work in the channel.

CRN's 2021 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2021 issue of CRN® Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/ChannelChiefs.

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 45 locations across the globe. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at www.acronis.com.
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