Datto’s Rob Rae has been named one of the Most Influential Channel Chiefs for the third-straight year. Datto’s VP of Business Development was recently named to the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs by CRN, a brand of the The Channel Company.

These 50 elite channel chiefs were chosen based on an assessment of the influence individual channel executives have within their own organizations and/or within the channel as a whole. A panel of CRN editors made the final selections. Among the criteria were channel sales volume, channel investment and resources, channel advocacy and visibility and performance in The Channel Company research projects including the Annual Report Card and Channel Champions.

The honorees are drawn from a pool that represent the cream of the IT channel crop, according to The Channel Company. Each of the 2016 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding partner programs.

“We are honored to present the 2016 lineup of CRN Most Influential Channel Chiefs, comprised of outstanding executives who move our entire industry forward by cultivating exemplary partner programs and executing cutting-edge business strategy,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their incredible strides and look forward to following their accomplishments in the coming year.”

Rob has been a major force in the channel for years, before joining Datto in 2013. Rob has won numerous awards such as MSP Mentor 250 in 2013 and 2014, the CompTIA Service & Leadership Award, as well as the CRN Channel Chief in 2014 and 2015. Rob regularly speaks at channel events such as ASCII, Cloud Channel Summit and various other events. Last but certainly not least, Rob is the host of Datto’s weekly Partner Podcast, which is released every Friday.

The 2016 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured in the February 2016 issue of CRN and online.