ANAHEIM, Calif.-Zyxel Communications, a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet access and connected home products, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named the company’s vice president, Matt Dargis, to its prestigious list of 2017 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2017 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

Dargis was responsible for completely revamping the North America channel partner program, and launched the company’s new Freedom Program in 2016. He grew the company’s partner base by 32 percent, year over year, by doubling the company’s investment in the partner channel and significantly increasing channel resources in sales and marketing. Focusing on making the company’s reseller partners more profitable, Dargis improved partner margins by 500 percent and added additional partners to the partner community with zero revenue commitments.

“The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy and helping to advance the channel as a whole,” said Bob Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year.”

“We are thrilled that Matt has been named to CRN’s list of top channel executives and believe that this honor is validation of Matt’s leadership and expertise as one of the industry’s top channel executives,” said Howie Chu, CEO of Zyxel North America. “Matt has developed a comprehensive channel program that is among the best in our industry, resulting in significant growth to our partner base. By implementing new strategies and tactics that make it easier and more profitable to sell Zyxel products, Matt is transforming the relationship between our company and our channel partners, making us truly a business ally.”

The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at

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Focused on innovation and customer-centricity, Zyxel Communications has been connecting people to the Internet for nearly 30 years. Our ability to adapt and innovate with networking technology places us at the forefront of creating connectivity for telcos and service providers, business and home users.

Zyxel is building the networks of tomorrow, unlocking potential, and meeting the needs of the modern workplace — powering people at work, life, and play. Zyxel, Your Networking Ally.

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