Barracuda’s Neal Bradbury and Ezra Hookano Recognized as 2017 CRN® Channel Chiefs

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Campbell, Calif., Feb. 23, 2017Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA), today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Neal Bradbury, Senior Director of Business Development for Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda, and Ezra Hookano, VP of Channels for Barracuda, to its prestigious list of Channel Chiefs, which represents top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. CRN applauds each of the 2017 Channel Chiefs for demonstrating loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending, and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

“The channel is an integral part of our go-to-market strategy – whether it is via our MSP partners where Neal has a proven track record for helping them build recurring revenue streams while safeguarding their customers’ virtual, physical, and hybrid IT environments, or through our traditional channel and cloud-focused partners where Ezra is leveraging his more than 25 years of indirect sales experience to drive success with midmarket and enterprise customers. It is inspiring to see the strides that are being made,” said BJ, Jenkins, president and CEO, Barracuda.  “Together, Neal and Ezra make an unbeatable team when it comes to strengthening our position as the go-to provider of security and data protection for the channel, and we are honored to see them both recognized once again by CRN for their industry leadership.”

While Bradbury joined Barracuda via acquisition in 2015, Hookano had a different path, rejoining the company in 2016 after a few years away. This is the first year since returning to Barracuda that Hookano has been recognized by CRN for leadership within the IT channel, and the fifth year in a row for Bradbury.

As Senior Director of Business Development for Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda, Bradbury is responsible for generating greater business value for the company’s MSP partner community and its alliance partners. He is also an active member of CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, and currently serves as vice chair of its IT Security community. Hookano, in his role of VP of Channels, leads Barracuda’s worldwide channel strategy. Prior to re-joining Barracuda, he was vice president of channels for Exablox and vice president of worldwide channels for Fusion-io. Previously, Hookano launched the business division of Drobo, and he spent nearly six years at Barracuda as vice president of sales, North America, growing the company from inception to over $100 million in revenue.

“The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy, and helping to advance the channel as a whole,” said Bob Faletra, CEO of 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 achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year.”  
The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at

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About Intronis MSP Solutions
Intronis MSP Solutions provides security and data protection for businesses, delivered exclusively through the IT channel. Intronis enables MSPs to centrally deploy and manage a broad portfolio of services — protecting business-critical files, folders, email, applications, and servers, locally and in the cloud — through a rebrandable console that integrates with major RMM and PSA tools. MSPs benefit from fixed pricing plans and partner enablement tools that help MSPs accelerate growth and profits. To learn more about Intronis MSP Solutions, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and read the Intronis Cloud Backup and Recovery Blog.

About Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE: CUDA)
Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA) simplifies IT with cloud-enabled solutions that empower customers to protect their networks, applications, and data, regardless of where they reside. These powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions are trusted by more than 150,000 organizations worldwide and are delivered in appliance, virtual appliance, cloud, and hybrid deployments. Barracuda’s customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions that provide end-to-end network and data security. For additional information, please visit

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The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. 

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