One of our "Power 100 Vendors"
Biography and Background:
Renee Bergeron serves as senior vice president, global cloud, Ingram Micro. She leads the global cloud go-to-market organization and has responsibility for the division's organizational management, as well as its strategic direction, sales growth, marketing, alliance management and business development activities. With more than 25 years of business unit leadership experience, Bergeron is a driving force behind identifying and cultivating new opportunities in cloud computing for Ingram Micro. Bergeron joined Ingram Micro in September 2010. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, she led the $300 million IT Services Solutions business at Fujitsu America. At Fujitsu America, Bergeron oversaw the development of innovative solutions; most notably the company's managed security, data center virtualization and cloud computing offerings. Before Fujitsu, she led information technology divisions at media and banking companies, was a CIO at a financial institution, and was a director at a prominent international technology consulting firm. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Sherbrooke University in Sherbrooke, Canada, and a master's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is based at Ingram Micro's headquarters in Irvine, California.
How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Ingram Micro's global cloud organization has grown exponentially, jumping to 1500 dedicated cloud associates, and almost three times the amount of channel partners engaging globally since last year. Now embraced by over 30,000 channel partners worldwide, the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace has successfully launched in 36 countries since April 2015, with multi-functionality support in six languages and 13 currencies. Through the acquisition of our Odin Service Automation platform, we have solidified our industry leadership position with a comprehensive offering to support partner transformation and cloud enablement, while expanding access to new customers in channels including telcos, hosters, and MSPs. Today, channel partners can chose from six different platforms for their cloud business, and can get advice and leverage our team of cloud experts to accelerate the growth of their cloud business. Currently authorized to sell Microsoft Cloud Services via CSP in over 40 countries, Ingram Micro is recognized as a leader among Microsoft partners, embracing the Microsoft CSP program as a major cornerstone in our cloud strategy.
What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
In 2016 Ingram Micro launched its cloud ecosystem to bring the promise of cloud to businesses worldwide. In 2017, we are delivering on this promise, by introducing hundreds of vendors and solutions to our marketplace, not only the large and global cloud service providers, but also the local heroes via APS Connect, a new self-onboarding portal for vendor partners. We plan to continue our expansion with cloud teams in 12+ new countries, and cloud marketplaces in 15+ new countries, bringing the total to more than 40 cloud marketplaces by the end of 2017.
What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
In 2016, I was promoted to senior vice president of global cloud and expanded my responsibilities to include the oversight of global cloud sales and marketing. Additionally, I was recognized by CRN as one of the 2016 Women of the Channel and named to the prestigious CRN Power Elite 100 list.
Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
Amelia Earhart: In a field dominated by males, she pushed the envelope and refused to accept that women cannot be as successful as men. She wasn't afraid to go against the "norm" and didn't let anything or anyone stop her until she reached her goal.
What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Put yourself out there: Get out of your comfort zone; Volunteer to do things that you have never done before, even if you are not sure you can do it; Take a seat at the table and let your voice be heard. Have confidence in yourself no one can do you, better than you.
If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Liz Gilbert in Eat, Pray Love. I would love to spend one year in different countries around the world. Four months in Italy eating and learning Italian, four months in India meditating and finding yourself, and four months in Indonesia with Xavier Bardem.
If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Istanbul because of the colors (white and blue building against the blue ocean), the rich history as the transcontinental city between Europe and Asia (from Constantinople and Byzantium), and its coast along the beautiful Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
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