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SonicWall Names Cisco Veteran Michelle Ragusa-McBain as Channel Chief

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Cybersecurity firm SonicWall  announced today that Michelle Ragusa-McBain joins the firm as Vice President, North America Channel Chief. 

As North American Channel Chief, Ragusa-McBain will drive the company's channel ecosystem to help partners grow and profit in a changing cybersecurity landscape. With more than 18 years of partner experience, Ragusa-McBain has successfully led, developed, managed, and grown channel ecosystems at Cisco, Office Depot/CompuCom, and JS Group. She has led managed services, subscription/consumption models, distribution, and alliances programs. She and her teams also have received numerous channel awards, and she has served on multiple boards and communities recognizing DE&I initiatives and channel talent development, SonicWall said.

Michelle Ragusa-McBain Joins SonicWall

Michelle Ragusa-McBain, SonicWall North America Channel Chief
Michelle Ragusa-McBain, SonicWall North America Channel Chief

Ragusa-McBain's appointment is in addition to recent leadership hirings, including Jason Carter as Chief Revenue Officer, Peter Burke as Chief Product Officer, and Chandrodaya Prasad as Executive Vice President of Global Product Management. The moves are aimed at positioning SonicWall and its partners to take advantage of the evolution of cybersecurity from perimeter-based to include remote, hybrid and on-site models.

“Coupled with our world-class TCO, our ability to listen to our partners and meet their needs, and an enhanced partner program designed with MSP and MSSP business models in mind, new and existing SonicWall partners are in even better position to be successful in 2023,” said SonicWall CRO Jason Carter. “SonicWall also provides world-class threat analysis on emerging cyberattack strategies that help partners protect their customers in a high-risk threat landscape."

“An unwavering commitment to SonicWall customers and partners around the globe is SonicWall’s priority,” said SonicWall CEO and President Bob VanKirk. “These executive appointments are yet another sign that SonicWall is continuing to evolve to remain one of the leaders in the cybersecurity space. Along with the emphasis on SonicWall’s outside-in approach we are positioned to take our partner community to new heights in 2023.”

About SonicWall

SonicWall helps partners build, scale and manage security across cloud, hybrid and traditional environments, using physical & virtual firewalls, endpoint protection, email and application security, zero-trust network access, secure VPN and wireless security, remote workforce access, secure cloud adoption, distributed network security, and secure software-defined networking. The SonicWall SecureFirst Partner Program offers partners competitive margins, deal registration protection, technical training, sales enablement, rewards, and lead generation support. For more information go to

Ragusa-McBain will deliver a keynote in front of more than 7,000 partners at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on May 1-4, 2023.

 "There has never been a more exciting time to partner with SonicWall," said Ragusa-McBain. "In the keynote, we will outline the company’s new outside-in channel strategy and explore how SonicWall is redefining success for its channel partners of tomorrow, who require strong security efficacy, low TCO and actionable threat intelligence."