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Sammy Kinlaw of Lexmark Named One of CRN’s 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs for 2020

This annual list recognizes the elite vendor executives who lead, influence, innovate and disrupt the IT channel.

Feb 19, 2020

Lexmark, a global imaging solutions leader announced, today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Sammy Kinlaw, vice president of worldwide channel OEM and sales, to its exclusive list of the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs for 2020. This annual list recognizes the elite vendor executives who lead, influence, innovate and disrupt the IT channel.

Kinlaw was named to the vice president role in February 2018.​ Prior to this appointment, he spent 13 years with Lenovo, most recently as vice president North America Commercial Channel and U.S. SMB Vertical where he had responsibility for all aspects of Lenovo’s largest path to market. Prior to Lenovo, Kinlaw spent 12 years with IBM as a regional business unit executive in sales and distribution.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina.

“What an honor for Sammy to be named to this prestigious list of channel leaders,” said Brock Saladin, Lexmark senior vice president and chief revenue officer. “Our growth in the market relies heavily on the channel and we are pleased that Sammy has been recognized as one of the best in the industry.”

CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list honors the distinguished leaders who have most influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies and partnerships. The 2020 Channel Chiefs have shown outstanding commitment, an ability to lead, and a passion for progress within the channel through their partner programs.

The 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs were chosen by the CRN editorial staff as the individuals who stand at the very top of the already select group of Channel Chief honorees. These top executives have cultivated the greatest professional and channel achievements, and their leadership will greatly impact the future IT community, driving growth and innovation.

“The IT channel is undergoing constant evolution to meet customer demands and changing business environments,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Channel Chiefs work tirelessly, leading the industry forward through superior partner programs and strategies with a focus on helping solution providers transform and grow. Our team here at The Channel Company congratulates these outstanding individuals for their dedication to the channel.”

CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN Magazine and online at http://www.crn.com/ChannelChiefs.

Also receiving recognition is Greg Chavers, vice president, North American channel sales. Chavers will be recognized as a 2020 Channel Chief in the same CRN Magazine issue.  CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list honors the distinguished leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies and partnerships.

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About Lexmark

Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value.

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For further information: Emily Rardin erardin@lexmark.com