SD-WAN and SASE Leader Fills Strategic Position as Company’s North American Momentum Accelerates
San Mateo, Calif. – September 20, 2021 – Aryaka®, the leader in fully managed SD-WAN and SASE, today announced the appointment of Craig Patterson as its new channel chief and vice president of sales – Americas. In his new role, Craig will lead strategy for sales and revenue within Aryaka’s Channel Partner Program and will be responsible for go-to-market strategies within the agent, resell, and distribution channels.
“Craig has demonstrated himself to be a collaborative, out-of-the-box leader with a talent for motivating his teams to consistently deliver above expectations,” said Ian McEwan chief revenue officer at Aryaka. “He has nearly 20 years of experience leading Fortune 500 channel organizations and has spent his career building and growing indirect programs. We look forward to leveraging his cross-functional collaborative network to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the managed WAN and SASE space and are pleased to welcome him to the team.”
Prior to Aryaka, Craig was the west division vice president for Lumen’s indirect channel. In this role, Craig led all sales and revenue strategy for a $1B organization within the Lumen Channel Partner Program and managed 100+ sales professionals.
Before joining Lumen, Craig was one of the founding members of the Level 3 Channel Partner Program, where he built revenue from $0 to $500 million over 15 years. Throughout his career, he has successfully launched and scaled indirect programs throughout North America, Europe, Latin America & Asia.
“I am truly excited to be joining Aryaka at what I consider to be such a pivotal time in our industry. As customers continue to evolve, our partners are seeing exponential demand for cloud-based solutions and security. I believe Aryaka is uniquely poised to help partners deliver a best-in-class experience through our managed WAN and security offerings. Aryaka’s year-over-year growth trajectory, predominantly driven by partners, has been phenomenal, and I look forward to capitalizing on that momentum and taking the partner program to the next level.”
Craig is also on the board for the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), the governing body of all amateur hockey in the state of Colorado. In this volunteer role, Craig is responsible for all adaptive hockey and is passionate about growing the game of ice hockey in Colorado.
Craig holds a master’s degree in Technology from Ball State University.
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Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN and SASE company, and a Gartner “Voice of the Customer” leader, makes it easy for enterprises to consume network and network security solutions delivered as-a-service for a variety of modern deployments. Aryaka uniquely combines innovative SD-WAN and security technology with a global network and a managed service approach to offer the industry’s best customer and application experience. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.