Silver Peak Vice President of Channels Derek Dal Ponte Recognized as 2018 CRN® Channel Chief

Channel-first SD-WAN Leader Accepts Prestigious Channel Executive Award

SANTA CLARA, Calif. February 12, 2018 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Derek Dal Ponte, vice president of channels, to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organization through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2018 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

With more than 20 years of experience designing, developing and leading global channels, Derek Dal Ponte is driven by a passion for partnerships and regularly serves as the voice of the channel. At Silver Peak, Dal Ponte has guided the expansion of the Global SD-WAN Partner Program, adding new partners across all geographic regions including: North America, EMEA and APAC. Through this rapid expansion and accelerating customer demand for the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution, the company is experiencing exceptional growth and market presence, with well over 600 global production customer deployments to date.

“The executives on CRN’s 2018 Channel Chiefs list stand out for their exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to the channel,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “These individuals deserve special recognition for their development and support of robust partner programs, innovative business strategy and significant contribution to the overall health of a vigorously growing channel. We applaud each Channel Chief’s impressive record of accomplishments and look forward to their future successes.”  

“We continue to hear from our partners that as the leader in the market, we have a superior, highly differentiated SD-WAN solution that enables enterprises to build an advanced application-driven WAN edge that delivers exceptional business value,” said Chris Helfer, senior vice president worldwide sales for Silver Peak. “Under Derek’s leadership we have built an award-winning program and channel team that makes it easy for partners to do business and win in the rapidly expanding SD-WAN market.”

The 2018 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at and will appear in the February 2018 issue of CRN.

Follow The Channel Company: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

Tweet This:
@TheChannelCo names @SilverPeak's Derek Dal Ponte to @CRN 2018 Channel Chiefs list #CRNChannelChiefs

About Silver Peak

Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a high-performance SD-WAN solution that provides secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance. This results in greater business agility and lower costs. More than 3,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at

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. 

CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Channel Company Contact:
Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company