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D-Link’s Michael Hardy Recognized as a CRN 2014 Channel Chief

D-Link Systems Inc., the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced Michael Hardy has been named one of CRN’s 2014 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry. Recipients were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT channel sales.

“The recognition from the esteemed CRN team is an honor and underscores D-Link’s continued efforts to provide its channel partners with an expansive network of resources,” said Albert Ling, executive vice president, D-Link Systems, Inc. “Hardy has been integral in the implementation of innovative new programs and his efforts to build, expand and reinforce relationships with our trusted channel partners is a testament to his commitment to support IT channel sales and increase partner profitability in today’s competitive marketplace.”

Under Hardy’s leadership, D-Link expanded its channel ecosystem to make it even easier for partners to do business with D-Link and excel in the marketplace. Key innovations included restructuring pricing across multiple product categories, enhancing the company’s Deal Registration program for Enterprise products and dedicated efforts to increase partner margins, protect partner business and eliminate channel conflicts.

“We are pleased to highlight the many executives throughout the industry who work tirelessly to advance the standing of the channel community within their organizations,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “The CRN Channel Chief honorees lead, inspire and engage peers and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the channel within the IT industry. We applaud their efforts and look forward to their continued success.”

For more than 25 years, D-Link has delivered comprehensive end-to-end networking solutions that deliver the speed, performance and breadth of capabilities that leverage the latest technologies and impact the way people and businesses communicate, work and access content over the Internet. D-Link is committed to offering award-winning networking products and services, including the latest in wireless networking, switching, security, surveillance, and storage, coupled with a network of support for its channel partners.

The 2014 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February/March issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink).

D-Link and the D-Link logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of D-Link Corporation or its subsidiaries. All other third-party marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2014 D-Link. All Rights Reserved

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