Westcon Group's Lynn Smurthwaite-Murphy and Heather Allen Recognized for Excellence by CRN

Distribution Leaders Take "Women of the Channel" and "Power 100" Honors

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today announced Senior Vice President of North America Lynn Smurthwaite-Murphy – as well as Director of Security Product Sales in North America Heather Allen -- were recognized by UBM Tech Channel's CRN as two of the top "Women of the Channel". Murphy was also noted among the most influential women in the channel via the magazine's "Power 100".

The publication's annual list recognizes nearly 300 female executives across vendor channel organizations, distributors and solution providers for their accomplishments during this past year – and the far-reaching impact they're having on the technology industry. This year's "Women of the Channel" were chosen by the editors of CRN based on achievements as executives and influence they wield over the technology channel.

"We honor and congratulate this list of influential women who are dedicated to supporting the mission of the channel," said Robert Faletra, Chief Executive Officer of UBM Tech Channel. "For years, we have identified and celebrated the women who made an indelible mark on the technology industry through unmatched innovation and razor-focus on meeting the needs of the IT channel community."

As Senior Vice President of North America, Murphy has been instrumental in streamlining and restructuring Westcon Group's North American organization – positioning the company for increased channel penetration in 2013. Lynn also led concept creation and strategic development of the BYODShield™ subscription-based service. Teaming with BlueCat and Fiberlink, the offering is designed to help customers tackle the complexities associated with personal devices in the workplace.

In 2012, Allen collaborated with nearly a dozen security and networking vendors to develop unique channel growth strategies, including partner enablement and demand generation. Her ability to work seamlessly alongside vendors helped to drive mutual goals and improved profitability.

"The foundation of our success is built on the depth and breadth of our management team and their reports. For nearly 25 years, Westcon has earned a reputation as one of the market's top value-added distributors – much of which can be directly linked to the talent and focus of our teams," said Dean Douglas, President and Chief Executive Officer, Westcon Group. "Lynn and Heather embody the very heart of our organization and I am deeply pleased they have been recognized for this great honor."

A special feature of the "Women of the Channel" appears 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.

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About UBM Tech Channel
UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With more than 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives, managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit us at www.ubmchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UBMTechChannel.

UBM plc. (www.ubm.com)
UBM plc. is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon's teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group's portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Cisco, Avaya, Brocade, Polycom, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit www.westcongroup.com.

SOURCE: Westcon Group

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Westcon Group
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