Three ESET leaders recognized in CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel list

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CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, revealed the winners of its prestigious 2018 Women of the Channel list; three of those recognized in the list are from the IT security firm ESET.

·       Iva Peric-Lightfoot, country manager, ESET Canada. Iva has championed and implemented new processes for channel partners, which have improved not only their overall business capabilities but also strengthened brand familiarity and loyalty with ESET.

·       Zoey Dimitrova-Chappell, marketing manager, ESET Canada. Zoey has been instrumental in forging new relationships and sponsorships with channel media to best position ESET in its first years entering the Canadian marketplace.

·       Kristina Hodge, senior partner marketing manager, ESET North America. Kristina was instrumental in developing the tools and resources ESET needs to empower their partners to sell and market effectively. Key contributions included development of a partner onboarding and advancement program and deployment of a new partner marketing automation tool. 

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

The executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for their outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation. 

“Iva, Zoey and Kristina each have critically important roles here at ESET and are really focused on enabling our partners to become trusted security advisors,” said Hope McCluskey, director of channel marketing at ESET North America, and a 2017 CRN, Power 100 award reciepient. “Ensuring excellent service and a high-quality experience is also a top priority, and I know we will continue to provide this through the tireless work of these three women and the entire channel team.”

“This accomplished group of leaders is steadily guiding the IT channel into a prosperous new era of services-led business models and deep, strategic partnerships,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel list honors executives who are driving channel progress through a number of achievements—exemplary partner programs, innovative product development and marketing, effective team-building, visionary leadership and accelerated sales growth—as well as advocacy for the next generation of women channel executives.”

The 2018 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at

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About ESET

For 30 years, ESET has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint and mobile security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give consumers and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D centers worldwide, ESET was the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003. For more information, visit or follow uson LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.


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ESET North America

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The Channel Company

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