Six SUSE Leaders Named on CRN Women of the Channel List


CRN’s Women of the Channel Annual List recognizes the incredible accomplishments of the female leaders from all corners of the IT channel. It gives us great pleasure to announce that an outstanding six SUSE leaders have been recognized on the 2022 list. 

  • Rachel Cassidy, SVP Global Partner Ecosystem
  • Joanne Ayres, Director, Global Partner Marketing
  • Miriam Kang, Senior Marketing Manager, Program & Channel Marketing
  • Jamie Rahbany, Director, Americas Marketing
  • Marlen von Roth, EMEA Sales Director Managed Service Providers
  • Sherry Yu, Director of SAP Success Architect


What is the CRN Women of the Channel List?

Every year, CRN researches and acknowledges exceptional women in the channel for their strategic vision, thought leadership, and channel advocacy that has impacted growth and innovation in the channel. The resulting list represents the top female leaders of the IT channel who have brought innovative concepts, strategic business planning, and comprehensive channel initiatives to life.  

For such a large number of SUSE employees to be recognized is a testament to the phenomenal talent we have in our business, and the strides they have made for the greater good of both the channel and SUSE. Here is a little insight about their success:


SUSE’s CRN Women of the Channel 2022

1. Rachel Cassidy, SVP, Global Partner Ecosystem

Rachel has developed and leads the award-winning, five-star rated SUSE One Partner Program and is being honored for the third consecutive year in this list.  This year, a few of Rachel’s many accomplishments include successfully leading the integration of Rancher into SUSE One and uplifting the program to better suit the needs of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and ISV partners.

2. Sherry Yu, Director of SAP Success Architect

Sherry is once again being honored as a CRN Woman of the Channel following an incredible year expanding her role to serve as advocate and leader across product management and engineering. Reporting into Rachel Cassidy, Sherry is recognized as a technology leader and trusted advisor supporting the technical alliance with SAP and focusing on growth as her number one goal.

3. Joanne Ayres, Director, Global Partner Marketing

Joanne has been responsible for building and managing a high performing marketing team who have developed creative and relevant content for SUSE partners. Through implementing processes, structure and focus, Joanne has enabled and empowered her team to better support channel partners in generating and developing new leads.

4. Miriam Kang, Senior Marketing Manager, Program & Channel Marketing

Miriam reports into Joanne, who highlights Miriam as ‘a rising star’ from her team who ‘makes things happen’. Some of Miriam’s accomplishments include her use of social media to increase brand recognition of SUSE One Partner Program and formulating new virtual partner events, increasing opportunities for partners to engage with SUSE.

5. Jamie Rahbany, Director, Americas Marketing

Jamie, who leads Americas marketing at SUSE, is being recognized for the second consecutive year. She leads by starting with the end in mind – building strategies and tactics to create measurable results. This last year, the Rancher acquisition led to strong strategic and innovative plans that created the highest achieving marketing program in fiscal Q3.

6. Marlen von Roth, EMEA Sales Director, Managed Service Providers

Marlen is also being recognized for the third year in a row of this esteemed list of leaders. This year, she has lead a team of executives to launch Rancher to MSP’s, resulting in over 70 new MSP partners in EMEA (a growth of 56%) and achieving double and even triple digit growth in bookings. 


Congratulations From All of Us at SUSE

We are proud that our colleagues have been recognized for their achievements for SUSE and our partners. In what has been another unprecedented year, all six of these women have demonstrated the innovation, skills and creativity that we value so highly at SUSE that are integral to our success.

“We are proud to once again recognize the remarkable leaders on this year’s Women of the Channel list. Their influence, confidence, and diligence continue to accelerate channel success significantly,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Their accomplishments will inspire others, and we look forward to witnessing their future contributions to the channel.”

Bravo to Rachel, Jo, Miriam, Jamie, Marlen, Sherry. We’re excited to see what you do next!

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