Powernet has hired Chris Raponi as senior director of strategic channels.
This addition to the team will provide a refreshed approach to Powernet’s indirect sales program while adding a layer of support, simplicity, and proven leadership for its agents.
Raponi joins the Powernet team with nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. After having worked with some of the world’s largest service providers, Raponi has acquired the ability to create and scale brand awareness for various solutions through his profound knowledge of the industry. His disruptive outlook questions the status quo, the company says, promoting innovation and creating opportunities that enable growth and further development of ideas and processes.
“Powernet is driven by a desire to win. This winning culture has allowed it to become a leading full-service technology company,” said Raponi. “The company has years of experience in the industry and is always willing to innovate to solve industry issues. When you combine all these things you get a personal brand that reflects well on our partners and customers.”
When it comes to the channel, Raponi believes that simplicity is key in educating partners on Powernet’s offerings. It empowers partners to quickly understand and bid the latest technology, allowing agents to stay proactive in a rapidly advancing industry.
“Emphasizing a focused approach and keeping it simple will allow us to be better advocates for partners and provide quality support to customers,” stated Raponi. “Powernet already has a great portfolio of services.“
“Chris brings a focused, get it done approach that will keep the ball rolling for the channel program,” says Penny Thurnau, VP of strategic alliances. “He is able to work as a team player, move quickly and enjoys coaching others. These qualities will be valuable assets for the team and our partners in the channel.”
In addition to the hiring of Raponi, Powernet recently named Thurnau vice president of strategic alliances, solidifying her role as the head of Powernet’s channel program.