14 Insight Leaders Recognized on CRN’s 2020 Women of the Channel
Amy Protexter, SVP of marketing, and Alma du Preez, VP of global sales, also named as Power 40 Solution Providers
TEMPE, Ariz., May 13, 2020 – Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ: NSIT), the global integrator of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for organizations of all sizes, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named 14 Insight leaders to its esteemed 2020 Women of the Channel list.
Among Insight’s Women of the Channel, two were named among the Power 40 Solution Providers, highlighting 40 female executives whose insight and influence in their respective companies drive channel success: Amy Protexter, senior vice president, marketing, and Alma du Preez, vice president, global sales.
Leading a team of more than 200, Protexter orchestrated 37% growth year-over-year of marketing-earned gross profits, with marketing touching 75% of Insight’s $7.7 billion in revenue in 2019. An exceptional omnichannel experience saw a 50% increase in web traffic to insight.com, leading to e-commerce revenues of $1.85 billion in 2019.
Du Preez developed and led the global field sales team’s go-to-market strategy, working directly with clients to understand their business challenges and help them leverage technology to grow and run smarter. She oversaw quarterly workshops and account strategy sessions aimed at solidifying mutual strategic goals in a way that is beneficial for Insight, clients and partners.
“I’m proud to work alongside such a distinguished group of women who are leading Insight across so many areas of our business. To have 14 leaders represented as 2020 Women of the Channel exemplifies just how rich in diversity our organization is, and these women inspire their teams to new ways of thinking, working together and using intelligent technology to produce better outcomes for Insight and our clients,” said Ken Lamneck, Insight president and CEO.
Recognizing the unique strengths, vision and achievements of a select group of women, the annual Women of the Channel list acknowledges channel leaders who are blazing a trail for future generations. These women are from all areas of the IT ecosystem, including technology vendors, distributors, solution providers and other IT organizations. The CRN editorial team selects the honorees to celebrate a list of exceptional women acclaimed for their contributions to channel advocacy, growth, thought leadership and dedication to the IT channel.
The following Insight leaders also were named as 2020 Women of the Channel:
Megan Amdahl, SVP, operations: Overseeing global logistics, supply chain, integration services, business transformation and client operations, her team increased Insight’s profitability by $800,000 in 2019 through sourcing optimization.
Jen Vasin, SVP, human resources: Led Insight’s HR effort to integrate nearly 4,000 new teammates following the acquisition of PCM, Inc., in August 2019. Insight saw improvements across all key HR indicators, including reduced turnover and increased teammate satisfaction, teammate referral placements and retirement plan participation.
Carisa Bianchi, VP, controller: Responsible for Insight’s North American accounting function (a $7.7 billion segment), she directed the finance integration of PCM (about $2 billion).
Brenda Hudson, VP, inside sales and sales enablement, learning and development: Oversees more than 500 teammates and $1 billion in business – including 16% growth year over year – for small and commercial businesses, healthcare and public sales along with sales enablement, learning and development.
Tina Pangle, VP, operations: Runs Insight’s project management office and robotic process automation team, successfully automating key processes like deal registration, backlog management and Insight’s procurement process.
Rachael Bertrandt, global corporate controller and principal accounting officer: Supporting leadership on financial decisions, ensuring Insight meets its fiduciary responsibilities, she also helped expand Insight Managed Office end-user computing services across different partners and implement Device as a Service/Everything as a Service offerings.
Jonna Gage, senior director of marketing, Cloud + Data Center Transformation (CDCT): Drove significant value and market growth in Insight's CDCT division in FY 2019 by continuing to evolve the group’s go-to-market strategy, programs, services and teams.
Judith Breen, director, strategic partnerships, Insight Canada: Responsible for partner engagement and growth in Canada, she helped Insight Canada earn national partner of the year awards from Cisco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft, among others.
Melany Clayton, director, global IT operations: A 15-year Insight veteran, she leads Insight’s global quality assurance team and the IT development team supporting Insight’s CDCT solution area.
Christine Hilts, director of sales enablement, learning and development: Combining a passion for sales with teaching, she guided L&D and sales enablement teams in designing programs to optimize onboarding of new sales leaders, including the training of more than 1,100 sales and sales-operations teammates transitioning from PCM.
Bozena Kostelic, director, inside sales: With Insight for 20 years, she has risen through a variety of roles across operations, marketing, product management and sales, and now works with commercial clients to deliver end-to-end digital transformation solutions that produce real outcomes for their business.
Tania Ondrejka, director, global transformation: Focused on growing Insight’s global services business, she led a $2.4 million global project to digitize and manage workflows, including IT service management functionality for Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider clients.
“CRN’s 2020 Women of the Channel list recognizes an accomplished group of influential women leaders whose strategic vision and unique achievements accelerate channel growth through cultivated partnerships, innovative thought leadership, and unwavering dedication to the IT channel,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are proud to honor them for their accomplishments and contributions to driving channel success.”
The 2020 Women of the Channel list will be featured in CRN® Magazine on June 8 and can be found online at www.CRN.com/WOTC.
To learn more about Insight, visit www.insight.com or call 800-INSIGHT.
Today, every business is a technology business. Insight Enterprises Inc. empowers organizations of all sizes with Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ and services to maximize the business value of IT. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of Digital Innovation, Cloud + Data Centre Transformation, Connected Workforce, and Supply Chain Optimization solutions and services, we help clients successfully manage their IT today while transforming for tomorrow. From IT strategy and design to implementation and management, our 11,000 teammates help clients innovate and optimize their operations to run business smarter. Discover more at www.insight.com. NSIT-M
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