VIAVI Solutions announced that CRN® has named Barry Johnson, Vice President of Global Channels to its prestigious list of 2019 Channel Chiefs. The top IT channel leaders included on this list continually strive to drive growth and revenue in their organization through their channel partners.

Each of the 2019 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to their channel partner programs. Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff as a result of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation.

Barry was chosen as a 2019 Channel Chief because of his 25+ years of experience in the channel and his expertise in designing and implementing channel sales and marketing programs that help channel partners be more successful.  Barry joined VIAVI Solutions in January 2019 and is leading the award-winning Velocity Channel Partner Program, which enables our partners to more effectively deliver the unique VIAVI solution set to service providers, network equipment manufacturers and enterprises of all types.

We asked Barry how he’s planning to help VIAVI partners succeed in 2019.  Here’s what he said:

“Our focus will be on making the Velocity Partner Program a program our partners can truly benefit from. To do this, we’ll need to provide our partners with the best enablement and rewards we can offer, while improving on our ease of doing business together. VIAVI partners are essential to realizing our vision and growth strategy, and we are committed to investing in our community of professional and dedicated partners.”

Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company had this to say about the group of 2019 Channel Chiefs: “The individuals on CRN’s 2019 Channel Chiefs list deserve special recognition for their contribution and support in the development of robust partner programs, innovative business strategies, and significant influence to the overall health of the IT channel. We applaud each Channel Chief’s remarkable record of accomplishments and look forward to following their continued success.”

Read Barry’s CRN Channel Chief profile.

The 2019 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured online at and will appear in the February 2019 issue of CRN.

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