SAN FRANCISCO—July 01, 2013— Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the application performance company, today announced that Michele Hayes, senior director, Global Channel Programs and Strategy, has been recognized by UBM Tech Channel's CRN as one of the top Women of the Channel. CRN's annual list recognizes nearly 300 female executives across vendor channel organizations, distributors, and solution providers for their accomplishments over the past year and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward. Editors of CRN selected this year's Women of the Channel list based on achievements as executives and the amount of influence over the technology channel. According to the editors, these women represent a changing trend in a traditionally male dominated industry.
An industry veteran with more than 18 years of experience in marketing high tech hardware and software to mid to large enterprises and carriers, Hayes is widely respected by fellow employees, customers, partners, and vendors. Michelle's continued focus at Riverbed is on educating and enabling the company's channel community, increasing the partner-initiated pipeline, and driving value-based performance.
"We honor and congratulate this list of influential women who are dedicated to supporting the mission of the channel," said Robert Faletra, CEO, UBM Tech Channel. "For years, we have identified and celebrated the women who have made an indelible mark on the technology industry through unmatched innovation and razor focus on meeting the needs of the IT channel community."
"Riverbed will continue to invest in new programs and tools to help our partners deliver solutions that provide performance improvements to customers re-architecting their IT to take advantage of software-based and cloud centric models," said Randy Schirman, senior vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales at Riverbed. "This award recognizes Michele's role in investing in our partners' success and helping our customers with their strategic IT initiatives."
The Riverbed Partner Network is built around five key pillars to ensure partner success - capacity, competency, engagement, marketing, and profitability. It is a comprehensive program designed to provide growth and profitability for each type and size of Riverbed partner, including distributors, global partners, large account resellers, as well as enterprise and small/medium enterprise solution providers.
A special feature of the Women of the Channel is in the June issue of CRN magazine and expanded coverage of The 100 Most Powerful Women of the Channel will be featured online at www.crn.com.
More than 22,000 organizations worldwide depend on Riverbed to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT infrastructure, through solutions that overcome performance issues caused by distance, distributed computing, and ever increasing amounts of data. As IT organizations embark on strategic initiatives to virtualize, consolidate and migrate workloads into cloud environments, users are moved farther from their data. Slow applications, slow file transfers and inefficient websites can negatively impact the performance and success of these initiatives. Riverbed transforms IT performance by providing solutions spanning WAN optimization, storage delivery, application-aware network performance management, application performance management, application delivery controllers, web content optimization (WCO), and cloud data protection. By providing the broadest portfolio of performance solutions that deliver anywhere, any-application optimization, Riverbed enables organizations to increase productivity and efficiency, while enhancing business resilience and controlling costs.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the expected demand for and benefits from Riverbed's products and services and investment in new programs and tools for channel partners. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; our ability to anticipate market needs or develop new or enhanced products to meet those needs; the adoption rate of our products; our ability to establish and maintain successful relationships with our distribution partners; our ability to compete in our industry; fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for our products and services; shortages or price fluctuations in our supply chain; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; general political, economic and market conditions and events; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Riverbed's business are set forth in our Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 3, 2013. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release are for information purposes only and are not commitments to deliver any technology or enhancement. Riverbed reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time.
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