Eugene Kaspersky named 2012 Influencer of the Year

Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, a developer of secure content and threat management solutions, was named the 2012 Influencer of the Year by Channelnomics. Eugene was given this honour for his visionary thinking and IT security expertise, which not only enabled his company, Kaspersky Lab, to provide additional value to its partner base, but also helped shape the technology industry and the IT channel at large.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab (image: Kaspersky)

The 2012 Channelnomics Channel Influencers Awards recognised the contributions and impact of both vendor and solution provider executives and leaders who guide channel decisions and play a role in reseller buying habits.

Winners were selected from hundreds of highly detailed and passionate nominations in 12 categories submitted by Channelnomics readership beginning in November and voted on by a blue ribbon panel of objective evaluators. Channelnomics’ editorial team served as the final arbiter.

“Few in the technology industry have had the kind of year Eugene Kaspersky had in 2012 and that was reflected in the volume of thoughtful nominations and judges’ comments he attracted for this award,” said Chris Gonsalves, editor of Channelnomics who oversaw the Channel Influencers Awards programme.

“He’s a respected technologist, a thought leader, a firebrand, and more importantly a channel advocate who has led the charge at Kaspersky Lab to bring reseller partners to unprecedented levels of success. Our Influencer of the Year Award speaks to the impact and connection leaders like Mr. Kaspersky make with peers, partners and competitors alike.”

According to Channelnomics, Eugene has been a “formidable force” within the IT and channel community. Guiding and influencing Kaspersky Lab’s business strategies, he’s helped to significantly grow its partner community.

Notable accomplishments of Eugene Kaspersky and his eponymous company cited by Channelnomics include:

* His renowned team of security analysts on the Global Research & Analysis Team who were at the forefront of identifying and corralling state-sponsored cyber malware such as Flame, Duqu and Stuxnet.

* A sales organisation that is 100-percent channel-driven, which boasts some of the industry’s best reseller features, including unprecedented levels of deal control and support, as well as some of the channel’s highest combined rewards and best margin protection.

* Eugene Kaspersky’s personal commitment to keep the channel top of mind and his continual goal of better understanding partners’ challenges.

* The company’s consistently innovative security software protecting customers.

This recognition comes on the heels of several other highly coveted IT industry recognitions. In the past three months, Eugene was awarded V3’s Technology Hero of the Year accolade for the discovery of the Flame malware, and named one of CRN’s Top 25 Innovators in their list of Top 100 Executives in the IT Channel for 2012.

Eugene was also selected as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top Global Thinkers for 2012, an honour that celebrates the brave thinking of those at the cutting edge of the global debate over freedom of expression.

His personal achievements have also helped Kaspersky Lab earn praise from industry analysts.  Most noteworthy, in early January 2012, Kaspersky Lab was named a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms* for the second year in a row.

Staff writer

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