SAN MATEO, California  – May 8, 2023 – Aryaka®, a leader in unified SASE and SD-WAN solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named three Aryaka Networks executives — Heather Clemen, Director – Channel Sales – Midwest; Sarah Linford Cothran, Global Director of Channel Programs and Operations; and Nicole Steele, Global Director of Channel Marketing and Enablement — to its esteemed 2023 Women of the Channel list.

Every year, CRN recognizes women from vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations whose expertise and vision are leaving a noticeable and commendable mark on the technology industry.

The CRN 2023 Women of the Channel honorees bring their creativity, strategic thinking and leadership to bear in a variety of roles and responsibilities, but all are turning their unique talents toward driving success for their partners and customers. With this recognition, CRN honors these women for their unwavering dedication and commitment to furthering channel excellence.

Heather Clemen, a channel sales leader with more than a decade of experience, is making her first appearance on the CRN Women of the Channel List. In 2022, she came to Aryaka as a Director of Channel Sales – Midwest. She is responsible for managing partnerships in the Midwest Region’s technology services community. Clemen focuses on progressing strategic high-fit partnerships while aligning with high-fit enterprise customers to support their technology goals. Clemen has advanced in the channel community, achieving success as a top performer by developing and championing partnerships and facilitating substantial client acquisitions.

Nicole Steele, a partner marketing professional with over 20 years of experience building strong partner relationships, is making her second appearance on the CRN Women of the Channel List. As Global Director of Channel Marketing and Enablement, Steele oversees designing, building and managing partner programs in collaboration with the Aryaka Channel Sales Team. Steele has extensive expertise in delivering programs that drive revenue for partners while allowing vendors to achieve performance goals, all while delivering an exceptional partner experience. Steele has been the guest speaker for various organizations to educate employees and their partners about the challenges for the underrepresented communities in technology.

Sarah Linford Cothran, a channel operations expert with over 20 years of experience, is making her first appearance on the CRN Women of the Channel List. As Global Director of Channel Programs & Operations at Aryaka, Cothran oversees the channel development team, channel programs, partner commissions, operations and support. Cothran has established solid relationships with hundreds of partners and colleagues by providing industry-leading support, building trust and delivering on vendor commitments.

“Aryaka is thrilled to have not one but three of its channel team recognized on CRN’s 2023 Women of the Channel List,” said Craig Patterson, Senior Vice President of Global Channels. “Heather, Sarah and Nicole are high-performing members of the Aryaka Channel Team and have been integral to driving Aryaka’s channel-led growth over the past year. Every day they bring their A-game enabling our partners to grow their revenue and transform their clients’ businesses with our SD-WAN and SASE solutions.”

“We are ecstatic to announce this year’s honorees and shine a light on these women for their significant achievements, knowing that what they’ve accomplished has paved the way for continued success within the IT channel,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The channel is stronger because of them, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.”

The 2023 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 8 at

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About Aryaka

Aryaka is the leader in fully managed SD-WAN and Unified SASE solutions and the first to deliver a Zero Trust WAN based on a Unified SASE architecture. A Gartner “Voice of the Customer” leader, Aryaka meets customers where they are to help them overcome their network and security challenges with ease and an excellent customer experience. Aryaka’s flexible architecture and all-in-one service are designed to modernize enterprises of any size, enabling them to defy convention and future-proof their businesses. The company’s customer base comprises hundreds of global enterprises, including several in the Fortune 100. For more on Aryaka, please visit

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