Internap Names Patricia Watkins as Vice President of Global Channel Sales
Industry veteran focuses on channel development to accelerate growth for company’s performance-optimized hybrid infrastructure solutions
ATLANTA – September 8, 2015 – Internap Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a provider of high-performance Internet infrastructure services, has appointed Patricia Watkins as vice president of global channel sales. In this role, Watkins is focused on growing Internap’s channel business by increasing partner productivity with new incentive programs and improved relationship management, as well as expanding the company’s breadth of partners to meet growing demand for its high-performance, hybrid infrastructure solutions, including OpenStack-powered public cloud and bare-metal cloud, high-density colocation and managed hosting.
“Increasing sales with channel partners is a critical driver of Internap’s growth strategy. Our unique capabilities combined with channel-friendly policies and programs will enable us to rapidly expand into new markets and reach new customers,” said Michael Ruffolo, president and chief executive officer of Internap. “Patty’s proven track record of success building channel partner programs and developing long-term partner relationships will be critical to expanding this important route-to-market and ensuring partners have the right tools to attract and retain customers seeking high-performance infrastructure solutions.”
Watkins brings to Internap more than 20 years of experience leading both direct and indirect enterprise sales organizations, strategic alliances and business development for some of the world’s largest technology companies. At Internap, she reports to Peter Bell, senior vice president of global sales. Previously, Watkins served as vice president of sales for Avaya, a provider of cloud-based business collaboration and communications solutions. Watkins also held numerous sales and business development leadership roles at Hewlett Packard, most recently as a data center and cloud sales leader, where she successfully launched the Americas SaaS initiative. Watkins also held sales management roles at AT&T, NCR and Teradata.
“Companies across industries – from ad-tech to e-commerce and financial services – are increasingly relying on IT infrastructure to deliver the speed and reliability needed to support business-critical and data-intensive applications,” said Watkins. “With Internap’s full range of high-performance cloud, colocation and managed hosting solutions, we’re uniquely positioned to help our channel partners address this underserved customer demand.”
Watkins will attend the 2015 Cloud Partners Summit taking place September 16-18 in Boston, where Internap is an exhibitor. At the summit, Internap General Manager and Senior Vice President of Cloud and Hosting, Satish Hemachandran, and COLOTRAQ CEO, Dany Bouchedid, will co-present the session, “Decoding the Hybrid Buzz.” In booth 324, Internap will showcase its high-performance cloud and hosting services, as well as its MIRO Controller, an on-premise route-optimization appliance that directs network traffic over the fastest path to improve application performance and optimize network costs.
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Internap is the high-performance Internet infrastructure provider that powers the applications shaping the way we live, work and play. Our hybrid infrastructure delivers performance without compromise – blending virtual and bare-metal cloud, hosting and colocation services across a global network of data centers, optimized from the application to the end user and backed by rock-solid customer support and a 100% uptime guarantee. Since 1996, the most innovative companies have relied on Internap to make their applications faster and more scalable. For more information, visit www.internap.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements related to the expected contributions and impact of the enhanced focus on Internap’s channel program, including the appointment of a new leader of the program and the benefits that our customers may receive from these organizational changes. Because such statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include our ability to derive expected benefits from organizational changes; the actual performance of our Internet infrastructure services; the reaction and behavior of customers and the market to our company; our ability to react to trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; the availability of services from Internet network service providers or network service providers providing network access loops and local loops on favorable terms, or at all; failure of third party suppliers to deliver their products and services on favorable terms, or at all; failures in or intrusions into our network operations centers, data centers, network access points or computer systems; our ability to provide or improve Internet infrastructure services to our customers; and our ability to protect our intellectual property; our ability to avoid infringing the intellectual property of others; as well as other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement for any reason.
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