Lori Cornmesser, Ixia's first-ever worldwide channel chief, will leave the company at the end of 2017 due to the planned regionalization of the company's channel program.

Cornmesser said her departure comes as a result of new owner Keysight Technologies' approach of integrating channel and field sales in each operating region rather than supporting a global channel organization. The Santa Rosa, Calif.-based electronics manufacturer purchased Calabasas, Calif.-based Ixia in April for $1.6 billion.   

"I feel very good about building the channel strategy, the program and the team at Ixia," Cornmesser said. "I am ready for my next step."

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Cornmesser joined Ixia in October 2013 at a time when the company had roughly 100 global channel partners, but lacked a formal partner program. Four years later, Ixia has more than 1,200 partners in its ecosystem, with the channel accounting for roughly 60 percent of the company's $485 million of annual sales.

"It's been a really good journey for me," Cornmesser said. "There's a lot to be proud of."

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