Today, we are thrilled to unveil the highly anticipated 2023 CRN Channel Chiefs list. This annual recognition pays tribute to the outstanding channel executives who have made significant contributions to partner programs and strategies, while displaying a steadfast commitment to the partner community.

For those of you who may not know, I began my journey at Cisco within the channel. The strong bond we share with our partners continues to be one of my favorite aspects of working at Cisco. As both Chuck Robbins, our Chair and CEO, and Oliver Tuszik, SVP of Partner Sales and GM Routes to Market, have stated, and I firmly believe as well, Cisco is and will remain a partner-driven company. Our partners always have and always will be an integral part of our success.

Because of our strong relationship with our partners, it certainly comes as no surprise that Cisco has a record number of leaders named in the 2023 CRN Channel Chiefs list. Additionally, continuing this trend of excellence, Oliver Tuszik, has been named among the “50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs” for an impressive fifth consecutive year!

I am deeply honored and incredibly proud to be working alongside such a remarkable group of leaders. They are truly the best in the industry and consistently demonstrate this through their dedication to helping our partners deliver exceptional outcomes and solutions for our shared customers.

Please join me in congratulating each of these amazing leaders!


  • Alexandra Zagury – VP, Partner Managed & as-as-Service, Global Partner Sales
  • Andrew Sage – VP, Global Distribution & SMB Sales at Cisco
  • Craig Vario – SVP, Head of Global Channel Sales at Cisco ThousandEyes
  • Denzil Samuels – Global Channel & Partner Leader for Cisco Services (CX)
  • Frank Lento – Managing Director, Global Security Channels, Partnerships and Ecosystems, Global Security Sales Organization
  • Jason W. Gallo – VP, Global Partner Sales Business Development
  • Jose Van Dijk – VP, Partner Performance and Experiences Organization (GPO) Operations
  • Kristyn Hogan – VP, Global Collaboration Partner Sales
  • Luxy Thuraisingam – Head of Global Partner Marketing & SMB
  • Marc Surplus – VP, Global Partner Programs
  • Mark Maslach – VP, Global Channels & Strategic Alliances, AppDynamics
  • Nick Holden – VP, Global Strategic Partners & Co-sell
  • Oliver Tuszik – SVP, Global Partner Sales & GM Routes to Market
  • Rhonda Henley –  VP, Americas Partner Organization
  • Thimaya Subaiya – Chief Customer Experience Officer

See the full list of 2023 CRN Channel Chiefs here.


Learn more about our Global Partner Ecosystem here!


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Jeff Sharritts

EVP and Chief Customer and Partner Officer