Press Release | 10 Feb 2020

Micro Focus’ James Simzer Recognized on CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs List


SUNNYVALE, CA – February 10, 2020 – Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP), announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named James Simzer, Director of North American Channels, to its 2020 list of Channel Chiefs. This annual list recognizes the top vendor executives who continually demonstrate exemplary leadership, influence, innovation, and growth for the IT channel.

CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list honors the distinguished leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies and partnerships.

Simzer leads all aspects of channel management, recruitment, distribution, and revenue attainment supporting the North America value-added resellers for all of Micro Focus software solutions. This includes what Micro Focus believes are the four pillars of a successful digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Security, Risk & Governance and Predictive Analytics. Simzer has an expanded focus on strategic efforts with business units to develop partner-specific programs concentrating on partner profitability, diversification and partner recruitment.

"I am humbled to be recognized as a 2020 CRN Channel Chief," said Simzer. "My team and I work hard to streamline the processes and structure of Micro Focus’ integrated Partner Program to make it easier for partners to do business with us. We want our partners to take full advantage of the cross-sell potential in adjacent solutions within our extensive product suite, so that our program returns healthy, predictable profitability and a range of competitive benefits.”

“Congratulations to James for being recognized by CRN as a 2019 Channel Chief,” said Phil Rayment, VP Channel Sales Americas at Micro Focus and CRN Channel Chief recipient. “This is a well-earned achievement and reflects his commitment to building the best possible channel partnerships for Micro Focus in the North America market.  Under James’s leadership we look forward to evolving many more of our partner-relationships to Platinum status; and helping them become even more profitable and successful with their customer base.” 

The 2020 Channel Chiefs have shown outstanding commitment, an ability to lead, and a passion for progress within the channel through their partner programs. The Channel Chief honorees were chosen by the CRN editorial staff for their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments in driving the channel agenda and evangelizing the importance of channel partnerships.

“The IT channel is undergoing constant evolution to meet customer demands and changing business environments,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Channel Chiefs work tirelessly, leading the industry forward through superior partner programs and strategies with a focus on helping solution providers transform and grow. Our team here at The Channel Company congratulates these outstanding individuals for their dedication to the channel.”

CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN Magazine and online at

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus helps organizations run and transform their business through four core areas of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. Driven by customer-centric innovation, our software provides the critical tools they need to build, operate, secure, and analyze the enterprise. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—enabling faster innovation, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation.

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About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. 

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