Channel Sales Expert Takes on Newly Created Role to Manage Aryaka’s Record Growth in Indirect Sales Pipeline
Aryaka, the leader in fully managed SD-WAN and SASE solutions, announced today the appointment of Matt Thompson as its new Vice President of Channel Sales. The newly created role is dedicated to helping the Aryaka Channel Team to grow the indirect sales funnel, create new partner engagement and drive sales growth results.
Thompson joined Aryaka Networks in October 2021 as Channel Sales Director – Pacific. In his new role as Vice President of Channel Sales, Thompson will be responsible for:
- Channel sales in North America
- Continuing to recruit the North American Aryaka Channel Team
- Driving sales and pipeline growth
- Setting the Aryaka Channel Team up for success
- Identifying and creating strategic partnerships and alternate routes to market
“Matt is a proven sales leader who I’ve worked with for nearly 10 years,” said Craig Patterson, Channel Chief and Vice President of Sales – Americas at Aryaka Networks. “He shares the same leadership philosophy of leading through inspiration, positive feedback, and professional and personal development for our channel sales team. I have no doubt Matt will be instrumental in helping us take the Aryaka Accelerate Partner Program to the next level in North America.”
Thompson has two decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, with more than 10 years working in the channel. Prior to Aryaka, Thompson spent more than 10 years at Lumen Technologies (previously CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications) in channel sales roles, including Director of Channel Sales, Senior Channel Manager and Channel Manager III. Previously, Thompson served as a Client Services Manager at PlanetOne Communications. Thompson began his telecom career in Account Executive roles at Quest Communications and Eschelon Telecom.
“I’m excited to hit the ground running in my new role at Aryaka,” said Thompson. “The Aryaka Accelerate Partner Program brings significant value to partners of all types, from agents, VARs, MSPs and resellers, to technology alliances and marketplaces. Every day, we’re continuing to eliminate friction in the partner experience and making it easier and simpler to do business with Aryaka. I’m proud to be leading the North American Aryaka Channel Team and excited to expand our presence in the market.”