Devin Kingdon, Cohn & Wolfe for Panasonic
Scott Regan, Senior Marketing Manager
PANASONIC’S SHEILA O’NEIL NAMED A ‘POWER 100 WOMAN OF THE CHANNEL’ BY CRN MAGAZINE
Secaucus, NJ, July 31, 2012 – Panasonic, a leader in delivering technology solutions for government, enterprise and SMB markets, today announced that Sheila O’Neil, vice president, Channel Management, distribution, has been recognized as a 2012 “Power 100” Woman of the Channel by CRN. CRN magazine is the leading channel publication providing news and analysis for VARs and other technology integrators.
An elite subset of CRN’s annual Women of the Channel issue, the “Power 100” designation is awarded to the highest ranking women holding the most prominent channel-focused positions in a vendor or solution provider organization. These women have made a name for themselves as influential leaders within their own company, and the IT channel as a whole.
This year’s Power 100 Women of the Channel were selected by the editors of CRN magazine from a field of applications and nominations from vendor channel organizations, distributors and solution providers.
“Now in its 9th annual publication, CRN’s special “Women of the Channel” issue is one of our most popular of the year,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, UBM Channel. The “Power 100” designation is a special achievement award given to an elite subset of our Women of the Channel list. It’s given to a small group of female executives based on their accomplishments over the past year, and their dedication to driving the overall success of the IT Channel. We want to honor and congratulate these women for their contributions to the industry and their respective organizations.”
A veteran of this list since 2006, Sheila O’Neil has worked in the channel for more than 20 years including five of those years as Panasonic’s vice president of channel sales. In 2010, O’Neil led the continued integration of four divisions of Panasonic (mobile computing, professional projectors, professional displays, and HD/3D video production) into one integrated channel program. This year, the company underwent additional organizational changes integrating the remaining business and professional product categories within Panasonic’s portfolio to create a new B2B solutions company focused on delivering solutions that help convert information into innovation.
This restructuring will help channel partners more easily navigate Panasonic’s large product portfolio and present them as bundled, more full-fledged solutions to offer their customers.
The new company, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, will offer the complete suite of Panasonic business solutions, which address unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production.
“This year, I’m taking on the new role of managing relationships with our key distribution partners,” said O’Neil. “However, I’ll still be working closely with my colleague Bill Brennan, senior director, reseller channel, to help build a unified partner program to simplify doing business with Panasonic, and to help our partners equip their customers with complete solutions, not just products. Because we sell through the channel, we’re only as successful as our channel partners, so it’s important that we offer a comprehensive program that will help them grow their business.”
The “Power 100” Women of the Channel is now listed on CRN.com. The overall Women of the Channel also appears in the July 2012 issue of CRN magazine.
Panasonic Solutions for Business
Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, high definition visual conferencing, projectors, professional displays and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).
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About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking (http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2011-Report/BestGlobalGreenBrandsTable-2011.aspx). As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
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