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Woburn, MA – May 10, 2021 —Kaspersky today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named five North American female leaders to the highly respected Women of the Channel list for 2021. This annual list recognizes the unique strengths, vision and achievements of female leaders in the IT channel. For over a decade, Kaspersky channel leaders have been honored for this award, and this is the second consecutive year that these five Kaspersky women have been recognized.

The women honored on this year’s list pushed forward with comprehensive business plans, marketing initiatives and other innovative ideas to support their partners and customers, helping them through the uncertainty brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. CRN celebrates the following exceptional women from Kaspersky for their leadership, dedication and channel advocacy:

  • Ivana Abruzzese, senior channel marketing manager: Ivana is a 4-time winner of this award and has been a member of Kaspersky’s channel team for over 10 years. In the last year, Ivana increased recruitment efforts 15%, delivering valuable campaign elements, marketing activities and incentives.
  • Shelley Fitzpatrick, channel sales manager: This is Shelley’s third CRN Women in the Chanel Award win. Shelley achieved success over the last year by adapting to change in the form of moving to virtual events, creating end user demand generation activities. She also provided partner training sessions to teach partners how to upsell, cross-sell and provide a trusted advisors approach to a full security portfolio.
  • Tanya Kerr, B2B marketing manager: A two-time winner of this recognition, Tanya focused on increasing brand awareness of Kaspersky as an enterprise solution player in 2020. Through a large number and variety of marketing campaigns, she helped drive visibility and consideration to Kaspersky customers, partners and the market as a whole. 
  • Lisa Kilpatrick, head of inside sales: Lisa’s focus over the last year was to invest time with partners and distribution representatives to ensure they had the tools needed to have knowledgeable conversations and confidently position Kaspersky solutions. This is her second time being recognized for this award.
  • Cecilia Lessard, senior director of channel sales operations: With over thirty years in the channel, Cecilia is a seasoned channel veteran. Last year, her focus was to review partner applications and suggests enhancements allowing for improved service to partners. Cecilia is a 7-time winner of this recognition.

“It is with tremendous pride that I am able to say that I work with an elite group of channel leaders who continue to win this award year after year,” said Matthew Courchesne, head of channel for Kaspersky North America. “Time and again, these women prove that their hard work and innovative ideas are some of the best in the channel industry, and I am confident that their talents will only continue to flourish as they grow in their careers.”

“CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel list acknowledges accomplished, influential women whose dedication, hard work, and leadership accelerate channel growth,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are proud to honor them for their many accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to the IT channel.”

For more information and to view the full list of 2021 Women of the Channel winners, please visit:

About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at

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Kaspersky Announces 5 North American Leaders Featured on CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel List

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