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Jan 16, 2013

CompTIA Unveils New Community Leaders for 2013

IT industry leaders will help chart course for association initiatives

Downers Grove, Ill., January 16, 2013CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, today announced the 2013 leadership roster for its member communities.

CompTIA’s 10 member communities bring together thought leaders from across the IT industry to collaborate and consult on best practices, education, research and other initiatives to advance industry growth.

Several of the communities address fast-growing areas of the technology industry, such as cloud computing, IT security, managed services, managed print services, mobility and unified communications.

Other communities serve geographic-specific markets, including the UK Channel and the IT services and support markets in Canada and the United States.

The newest CompTIA member group, Advancing Women in IT, was established to empower women with the knowledge and skills necessary to help their pursuit of successful IT jobs; and to inspire women to enter the IT industry as a career option.

“Each of these groups is performing important and inspired work that’s benefitting the entire IT industry and the customers we serve,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.

“Their collective expertise has contributed greatly to the development of new credentials and trustmarks for IT companies and hundreds of IT channel training courses and publications,” he added. “Their insights have helped shape advocacy efforts and policy stances on critical issues and legislation affecting the IT industry.”

In 2013, CompTIA’s member communities will be led by the following individuals (chair listed first, vice chair second):

Advancing Women in IT – Sandy Ashworth, global director of channel relations and warranty, Unisys Corporation, and Jean Mork Bredeson, president, Service 800.

Cloud/SaaS – John Rice, senior director, partner community, Intermedia, and Ted Roller, vice president, channel development, LogMeIn.

IT Security – Scott Barlow, vice president, sales and marketing, Reflexion Networks, and Grant Johnson, principal-IT consultant, Array.

IT Services and Support (Canada) – Christopher Adamson, director, IT and professional services, Ricoh Canada Inc., and Brook Douglas, director of sales, Parts Now Canada.

IT Services and Support (U.S.) – Michael Schuler, vice president, U.S. sales, Zylog Systems Inc., and Aaron Woods, director, NARS Program, Xerox.

Mobility – David Sobel, director of partner community, Level Platforms, and Heather Murray, director, mobility, Tech Data.

MSP Partners – Jay McBain, co-founder, Channeleyes, and John Tippett, chief operating officer, EDTS.

Managed Print Services – Barney Kister, senior vice president, Supplies Network, and Ian Berger, regional account executive, Parts Now.

UK Channel – Lee Evans, managing director, Vital Technology Group, and Jim Harrower, UK & Ireland sales manager, GFI Software.

Unified Communications – Guy Yasika, regional sales manager, Alteva, and David Gilbert, chief executive officer, SimpleSignal.

Visit CompTIA Communities to learn more. 

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Visit http://www.comptia.org/home.aspx, http://www.facebook.com/CompTIA and http://twitter.com/comptia.

Steven Ostrowski