may. 14 2018

Joan Groleau of Ipswitch Recognized as One of CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel

Ipswitch’s Joan Groleau Honored for Outstanding Leadership, Vision and Unique Role in Driving Channel Growth and Innovation

BURLINGTON, Mass. – May 14, 2018Joan Groleau, Director, North America Channel at Ipswitch®, producer of award-winning and easy to use secure file transfer and network management software, has been named to the prestigious 2018 Women of the Channel list by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. 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 her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

“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.” 

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

Joan has aligned Ipswitch's channel business with the company's North America sales teams and its partners, reinforcing its go-to-market model, and growing new business with the company’s IT management tools, including WhatsUp® Gold network monitoring and MOVEit® secure file transfer through partners by 48 percent year-over-year. For nearly three years, Joan has been overseeing Ipswitch's North American channel team so that communications, sales, demand generation and partner acquisition programs are aligned with the company's mission to help small business and enterprise teams to successfully navigate the complex IT environment.

“Joan listens to channel partners on how we can best help them to grow their businesses, and what they specifically need from Ipswitch," said Michael Grossi, CEO of Ipswitch. "From new partner tools to demand generation and vertical programs, Joan has been delivering the partner community what it needs to be most effective. The growth of new business through our partners is a testament to her commitment to our partners and the IT channel."

Joan was recognized as one of CRN's Women of the Channel in 2016 and 2017, and a 2017 and 2018 CRN Channel Chief.

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 Ipswitch 
Ipswitch produces and sells file transfer and network management software for IT professionals. In business since 1991, Ipswitch has over 28,000 SMB and enterprise customers with over 1 million end users in 192 countries. Ipswitch’s suite of network and security solutions includes WhatsUp® Gold for network monitoring and MOVEit® and WS_FTP® for secure file transfer. Ipswitch’s focus on customer success is evidenced by an on-line community with over 115,000 members. To meet the varying needs of its customers, Ipswitch solutions support a range of environments including on-premise, hybrid and public or private cloud, via perpetual and subscription licensing. Ipswitch solutions meet the highest commercial and government data security requirements and are PCI, HIPAA and GDPR compliant.

The company has offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit or connect on LinkedIn and Twitter. To learn about Ipswitch’s strategic alliances or global network of partners, visit

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