VIAVI Solutions today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Barry Johnson, Vice President, Global Channels, to its 2021 list of Channel Chiefs. The prestigious CRN Channel Chiefs list, released annually, recognizes leading IT channel vendor executives who continually demonstrate outstanding leadership, influence, innovation, and growth.

Barry was chosen as a 2021 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 successful.  Barry joined VIAVI in January 2019 and is leading the award-winning Velocity Channel Partner Program, which enables our partners to effectively deliver the unique VIAVI solution set to service providers, network equipment manufacturers and enterprises of all types.

Barry Johnson named a CRN Channel Chief for 2021

We asked Barry how he is planning to help VIAVI partners succeed in 2021.  Here is what he said:

“This year, we will continue to examine the changes and impact the pandemic has had on our partners and customers so we can best support them through this challenging period.  Our key technology focus will be on technology shifts such as 5G and remote testing, as well as having the right product mix available to support our end customers to enable growth. Establishing strong collaboration between the channel team and the field sales teams will continue to be a priority as well.”

The 2021 Channel Chiefs are prominent leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies, programs and partnerships. All honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff based on their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments as channel advocates.

“CRN’s 2021 Channel Chiefs list includes the industry’s biggest channel evangelists, a group of individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of their partners and drive growth through the development of strong partner programs and innovative business strategies that help bring business-critical solutions to market,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The Channel Company is proud to recognize these channel influencers and looks forward to following their continued success.”

CRN’s 2021 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2021 issue of CRN® Magazine and online at


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