Steve Blum and Bill Griffin Recognized by CRN Magazine for Their
Commitment to Channel Success
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 15, 2012--
Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a world leader in 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software announced that Steve
Blum, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services, and Bill
Griffin, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales, have been named CRN
Channel Chiefs for 2012 by CRN Magazine.
CRN selected Blum and Griffin as Channel Chiefs for their work
over the past year to enhance the Autodesk Partner Advantage Program and
provide the best resources and solutions to the company’s channel
partners and customers. 2012 is the fourth consecutive year that
Autodesk executives have been selected as Channel Chiefs.
“Autodesk has been working with reseller partners since our start.
Resellers are rooted in our business model, and we continue to work hard
at evolving a program that helps our partners and provides the necessary
tools, training and resources that they need to grow and prosper,” said
Steve Blum. “As the worldwide sales lead, my goal is to expand programs
to help our partners worldwide. This is why we formed a global channel
sales organization a year ago. That global team under Bill Griffin’s
leadership was instrumental in creating and launching the Autodesk
Partner Advantage Program to provide resellers with tools and business
opportunities with clearly defined incentives.”
Over the last year, Blum and Griffin significantly increased the
capacity and capability of the Autodesk partner network globally and
contributed to the company’s continuing overall quarter-over-quarter
growth. Channel partners are the key vehicle for distributing Autodesk 3D
design products to customers around the world. These partners also
help customers be productive and use products successfully through
training, integration, support and applications consulting.
“Long-standing relationships with our partners have been a vital
component in the success of Autodesk,” said Bill Griffin. “We work
closely with our partners daily, providing guidance on business and
marketing plans, infrastructure support and other business matters. Such
reciprocal relationships are what help us continue to refine our program
based on partner needs, while also encouraging partners to be innovative
and invest in their own businesses. We recognize that our customers’
world is constantly changing, so we also need to transform how we and
our partners do business together.”
For 10 consecutive years, CRN, which provides news and strategic
information for solution providers, has developed the Channel Chief
list. Top Channel Chiefs were chosen based on policy and program
innovations made during 2011, the amount of revenue generated through
partners, willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel and
the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the
manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and
entertainment industries -- including the last 17 Academy Award winners
for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize
and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in
1982, Autodesk continues to develop a broad portfolio of
state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information
about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
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© 2012 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
Source: Autodesk, Inc.
Angela Simoes, 415-547-2388