These are the stories about industry leaders who are making news and making important decisions that impact the channel.

Cisco Names North American Channel Chief

Cisco Systems is practicing what it preaches. For the past year, the networking giant has helped partners to recruit, retain and empower employees. Find your best talent, the networking giant said, and promote it. Cisco followed that very advice when the company named its new North American channel chief, Wendy Bahr (pictured).