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Parallels Birger Steen Named to 2014 CRN Top 100 List

Parallels, the platform provider for cloud service delivery, announced today that Birger Steen has been named to the prestigious 2014 CRN Top 100 list. CRN’s annual Top 100 list salutes the key players who continue to shape the way the channel does business. These 100 leaders, hand-picked by the CRN Editorial staff, represent the top influencers, sales leaders, innovators and disruptors in the IT channel. Birger was named No. 20 on the Top 25 Innovators of 2014.

The CRN Top 100 list is based on feedback gathered from technology solution providers throughout the year by CRN editors with rankings reflecting each company’s channel influence, effectiveness and visibility, along with its business and sales impact on the IT channel. Among the criteria considered are channel sales volume, channel investment and resources, channel advocacy, and performance in research projects conducted by The Channel Company's CRN Intelligence research arm, including its esteemed Annual Report Card and Channel Champions reports.

Parallels is dedicated to serving the channel community with its cloud service delivery platform that allow businesses in the channel to be the one stop shop for cloud services for their customers. Birger Steen, chief executive officer, has been at the forefront of this mission, leading the company into new areas and building on Parallels already successful product line.

“The cloud offers businesses of all sizes affordable access to world class IT and telecom services,” said Birger Steen, chief executive officer, Parallels. “The best way to stimulate growth in the IT channel community is through a broad ecosystem of service providers using a common platform. Parallels has developed the platform to sell and deliver great cloud services to businesses worldwide.”

“The CRN Top 100 list is the ‘Who’s Who’ of the IT channel,” said Robert Faletra, chief executive officer, The Channel Company. “Each individual on this list has left an indelible stamp on the IT channel this year. Some are industry veterans with innovative leadership styles. Others are rising stars who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the channel. All deserve recognition for helping push the channel forward toward new market opportunities."

About Parallels

Parallels® provides the platform for service providers to sell and deliver great cloud services to businesses worldwide and cross-platform solutions. Parallels began operations in 2000 and has developed into a fast-growing software company with more than 900 employees across offices in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

For more information, please visit www.parallels.com/spp, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ParallelsCloud, and Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ParallelsCloud

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

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