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Ingram Micro Sales Director Named to CRN “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” List

Lynne Thornton recognized for her early advocacy of the X-as-a-Service model and ongoing success in growing Ingram Micro’s U.S. Licensing Business

IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 3, 2018 – Ingram Micro Inc. today announced CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized Lynne Thornton, executive director, Ingram Micro Sales as one of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should in the IT channel for 2018. Click here to view the CRN slideshow. 

This annual list is compiled by the CRN editorial team, using feedback from solution providers and industry executives, to acknowledge channel management team members from the industry’s top vendors and distributors. Those recognized on this list work diligently to drive innovation, profits, and successful partnerships, keeping the IT channel growing and their firms thriving.

With over two decades of experience at Ingram Micro, Thornton currently serves as executive director of Ingram Micro Sales in the U.S. She is responsible for overseeing the year-over-year ongoing success of Ingram Micro’s multi-billion-dollar U.S. licensing business.

An early advocate of the recurring revenue model and champion for “X-as-a-Service,” Thornton is a proven software sales executive with extensive experience, particularly in security software sales. She is well traveled, visiting channel partners and providers, and serves as an executive leader and campus champion for Ingram Micro’s Women’s Forum. Thornton won the prestigious Martha Ingram Micro global award in 2014, and continues to stand out and stand up when it comes to ensuring an exceptional partner experience and helping partners evolve from a break fix model to recurring revenues. She also serves her community as a Cancer Coach and is an active board member of Mikey’s Way and Women Who Lead.

“Lynne’s leadership and ongoing contributions to the success of our licensing business are many and exemplify Ingram Micro’s commitment to delivering end-to-end solutions and providing our customers with the highest level of service,” said Kirk Robinson, senior vice president and Chief Country Executive, Ingram Micro U.S. “Establishing trusted business relationships and finding new and better ways to help our channel partners grow profitably is a team effort that starts with having the right people in the right roles for all the right reasons. It’s awesome to see Lynne recognized by CRN for her contributions and channel advocacy. Congrats to Lynne and all the executives named on this year’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should.”


“This outstanding group of unsung channel heroes work tirelessly to create, promote, and manage programs and policies that support their partners and the advancement of the channel overall,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company.  “We are honored to bring these individuals into the spotlight with CRN’s 2018 list of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should and to recognize them for their undeniable contributions to the channel.”

The 2018 list of 100 People You Don’t Know But Should will be featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at

More information about Ingram Micro is available at

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