On Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, CRN announced their Top 100 Executives of 2016 and WWT’s very own Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, made the top 25.

Posted August 1, 2016 by CRN:Jim Kavanaugh Amongst CRN's 25 Most Influential Executives of 2016

The tech industry is one of constant change, dictated by evolving customer needs and driven by technological advances. But nothing moves forward without the influence of innovative leaders who not only recognize those needs, but identify the right people and products to meet them.

Here is our list of the 25 most influential executives of 2016, the executives through their vision, passion and fire have set the agenda for the channel and for the tech industry as a whole.

24. James Kavanaugh

As a former professional soccer player and current investor in the St. Louis Blues NHL team, James Kavanaugh understands the importance of being at the top of your game. That’s why he’s spent the last 26 years turning WWT into one of the perennial solution provider powerhouses, earning top partner status with Cisco Systems, EMC, Microsoft and a number of the industry’s other key vendors. No. 12 on the CRN Solution Provider 500, WWT was Cisco’s Global Solution Innovation Partner of the Year in 2016, one of 10 awards it earned from its top vendor partner this year.

Kavanaugh has led WWT’s effort in hiring 2,200 new employees over the past three years, while also increasing annual revenues more than 15 percent in 2015 to $7.4 billion.

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