CRN Honors Joe Sykora as Influential Channel Chief, Names Proofpoint Among Coolest 2021 Companies

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We are pleased to announce that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Joe Sykora, Proofpoint’s senior vice president of Worldwide Channel and Partners Sales to its exclusive list of the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs for 2021. Proofpoint was also named one of the year’s 20 Coolest Web, Application, and Email Security Companies as part of the publication’s annual Security 100 list.


The prestigious CRN® Channel Chiefs list, released annually, recognizes leading IT channel vendor executives demonstrating outstanding leadership, influence, innovation, and growth. According to CRN, the 2021 Channel Chiefs are prominent leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies, programs, and partnerships. All honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff based on their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments as channel advocates.

With more than 20 years of experience driving global security and channel performance, Sykora is responsible for overseeing Proofpoint’s worldwide partner organization across the Americas, EMEA, and APJ, including channels, system integrators, managed service providers, strategic alliances, OEMs as well as its ecosystem partners. He recently appeared on CRN TV to break down the biggest market opportunity for Proofpoint partners and our award-winning people-centric cybersecurity approach.

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Security 100’s 20 Coolest Web, Application, and Email Security Companies


The CRN Security 100 provides a look at 100 vendors across five market segments to guide providers on which security technologies and vendors they can place their bets on in a crowded market. As part of that larger list, we are thrilled that CRN has recognized Proofpoint within the “20 Coolest Web, Application and Email Security Companies Of 2021.” This list within a list highlights our recent cloud app security broker (CASB) enhancements that safeguard the cloud applications employees access every day, such as Amazon Web Services, Box, Google G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, and Slack.

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