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Five CompTIA Executives Named to CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel List

May 17, 2016

Downers Grove, Ill. – Five executives from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry, have been named to the prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list published by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company.

Ranking among the IT channel’s top female influencers are Cathy Alper, director, member communities; Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations; Elizabeth Hyman, executive vice president, public advocacy; Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and education; and Annette Taber, vice president, industry strategies.

The 2016 Women of the Channel list spans the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Honorees are recognized for outstanding leadership, vision, and their unique role in driving channel growth and innovation. CRN editors select the Women of the Channel on the basis of their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

“We are really excited to see Cathy, Nancy, Liz, Kelly and Annette recognized among the IT channel’s top female executives, and applaud them for their commitment and dedication to empowering our members with innovative tools and resources that help them advance their businesses forward,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “They serve as powerful role models within CompTIA, mentoring our future leaders and setting an example with their outstanding leadership and industry advocacy efforts.”

Alper, Hammervik, Hyman, Ricker and Taber are recognized for the contributions they have made to CompTIA’s growth during the past year. Among the milestones:

  • Expanding the Advancing Women in IT Community to include more than 1,000 women and men in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Doubling CompTIA’s registered users from 40,000 in 2015 to 80,000 in 2016.
  • Expanding public advocacy efforts, including the annual D.C. Fly-In where channel partners from across the country participated in 120 visits with congressional offices.
  • Reaching more than 5,000 executives through CompTIA’s education and training programs.
  • Expanding CompTIA’s advisory councils to include 60-plus C-level executives and channel chiefs across the vendor, distributor, partner and end-user communities.

Coverage of the 2016 Women of the Channel will appear in the June issue of CRN and is online at

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the global technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners, 80,000 registered users and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing growth for technology companies and tech workers through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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