CommScope’s Raelyn Kritzer recognized as 2020 CRN Channel Chief

Stephen Kowal February 13, 2020

CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Raelyn Kritzer, channel chief and vice president, Worldwide Enterprise Channel at CommScope, to its 2020 list of Channel Chiefs. This annual list recognizes the top vendor executives who continually demonstrate exemplary leadership, influence, innovation, and growth for the IT channel.

Raelyn Kritzer is a recognized channel leader with expertise in building partner strategies, programs and enablement as well as developing multi-touch campaigns that drive revenue to and through the channel. Kritzer has created and evolved several elements of the CommScope PartnerPro Network Program including specializations that recognize the unique verticals and expertise of our partners business practices. These includes cloud programs, support for new delivery offerings, and finance programs designed to empower managed service providers.

CLICK TO TWEET:  Congratulations to CommScope's Raelyn Kritzer for being named to CRN's 2020 list of Channel Chiefs.    

It should also be noted that CommScope’s Raelyn Kritzer was recognized as 2019 CRN Channel Chief and is listed among the 50 most influential channel leaders.

“CommScope is fully dedicated to the channel,” said Kritzer. “Since our success is determined by our partners, we continue to bring simplified, feature-rich programs to our channel to help them boost their profitability. I’m honored to be part of this prestigious CRN Channel Chief list for the third straight year alongside other top executives.”

CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list honors the distinguished leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies and partnerships. The 2020 Channel Chiefs have shown outstanding commitment, an ability to lead, and a passion for progress within the channel through their partner programs. The Channel Chief honorees were chosen by the CRN editorial staff for their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments in driving the channel agenda and evangelizing the importance of channel partnerships.

“The IT channel is undergoing constant evolution to meet customer demands and changing business environments,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Channel Chiefs work tirelessly, leading the industry forward through superior partner programs and strategies with a focus on helping solution providers transform and grow. Our team here at The Channel Company congratulates these outstanding individuals for their dedication to the channel.”

CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/ChannelChiefs.

About the Author

Stephen Kowal

Stephen Kowal is the senior vice president of global enterprise sales at CommScope. He leads a team that is responsible for the promotion and sale of CommScope solutions to enterprise customers around the world, Mr. Kowal was named to this role in July of 2017. The team he leads has direct representation in 54 countries and indirect representation via channel partners in 159 countries. The enterprise team at CommScope focuses on complete network infrastructure solutions, wired and wireless, for intelligent buildings, large public venues, and data centers.  

Mr. Kowal previously served as senior vice president of CommScope’s global partner organization where he was responsible for growing CommScope revenue by recruiting, developing and managing traditional Channel Partners (Distributors, Installers, and Consultants) and by expanding CommScope’s Partner Network by engaging with new types of Partners, Influencers and Alliances. 

Mr. Kowal began his career with CommScope in 1998 when he joined Lucent Technologies as a Territory Sales Manager. Since then he has held strategic roles in Sales and Sales Management. Under Avaya he was the National Account Manager for Avaya’s largest Business Partners in the North America Region (NAR). Additionally, under Avaya and then CommScope he has held the positions of Global Account Manager and Global Customer Solutions Director of Sales North America.  In 2007 he was relocated to Europe where he lived in the Netherlands then the United Kingdom as the Global Client Director of Global Customer Solutions.  In this role, he was responsible for developing, driving and implementing the CommScope Global Customer Solutions strategy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  

Mr. Kowal holds a Masters of Business Administration focused on Global Leadership and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a minor in International Business.  He has almost 30 years of industry experience.  Prior to joining CommScope he held Network Engineering roles at Intel and American Express.