NewCloud Networks Appoints Laura Keon as Vice President of Channels
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Keon brings more than 25 years of channel sales and business leadership experience to NewCloud and will scale indirect sales operations across the United States.
DENVER TECH CENTER, CO – August 20, 2015 – NewCloud Networks, a national provider of custom-architected managed cloud solutions, today announced it has appointed Laura Keon as vice president of nationwide channels. In this role, Keon will be responsible for redefining, growing, and managing all indirect sales channels including resellers, sales affiliates, and referral partners. NewCloud’s current cloud channel partner program features 2,000+ partners such as value added resellers (VARs), value added distributors (VADs), master agents, agents and brokers, systems integrators, managed services providers, online marketplaces, and professional IT services providers.
Keon joins NewCloud from Windstream Communications where she spent six years in channel roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as the senior director of indirect sales. In this capacity, she led as many as 800 independent distributor representatives across 52 sales agents spanning 38 states. Her responsibilities included strategy, program development, recruitment and training, and distributor sales performance evaluation. The distributor channel was responsible for more than one-third of Windstream’s annual revenue and her region increased from 3% to 112% annual growth under Keon’s direction.
“NewCloud Networks is committed to investing in our cloud channel partner program,” said Sam V. Kumar, founder and president of NewCloud Networks. “The addition of Laura Keon as vice president of nationwide channels will help take an already successful indirect sales program to the next level, scaling to net-new markets across the United States. This includes a focus on VARs and distributors who continue cloud assimilation to address increasing demand for cloud infrastructure solutions from their traditional hardware customer base. We are excited to welcome Laura to the NewCloud family.”
“NewCloud Networks presents an exciting opportunity to scale an already successful cloud channel program,” said Laura Keon, vice president of nationwide channels at NewCloud Networks. “With my extensive network and experience in developing indirect sales programs, I am confident my impact will be immediate and lasting. NewCloud’s maximum-value offering is an ideal match for partners and end users who need customizable, reliable, affordable, and secure infrastructure as a service. We will capitalize on this demand, driving increased profitability and customer satisfaction."
Prior to Windstream, Laura Keon was a successful entrepreneur, growing Consulting Concepts and Management to more than $50M in annual revenue. Keon also brings sales and business management experience from Sprint, the City of Pittsburg, and GlobalCare. She is also a board member of The Convergence Project and continues her entrepreneurial activity as the head of Canyon Dust Hoses and Cattle. Keon received her J.D. in Law from William Howard Taft University and her B.S. in Molecular Biology /Business Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.
About NewCloud Networks
Founded in 1988, NewCloud Networks (NCN) is a national provider of custom-architected managed cloud solutions specializing in hybrid cloud, cloud desktops, backup and disaster recovery, and hosted PBX. 2,500+ customers and 2,000+ sales partners choose NewCloud for the trust that comes from an established, financially stable, and transparent cloud company. NCN delivers real value, maximum uptime and performance, and solutions that are customized to customer needs. NewCloud’s unified cloud platform is SOC, HIPAA, and PCI compliant and features best-of-breed solutions that are priced competitively against commodity cloud offerings. The guiding principle - take care of customers, partners and employees and everything else will take care of itself - has led to a 95% cloud customer retention rate to date. Visit www.newcloudnetworks.com.