Lightbits Hires Channel VP

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The data storage software company Lightbits is welcoming an executive to its team.

Lightbits hired Charla Bunton-Johnson as its new VP of global alliances and channel, according to the company this month.

Bunton-Johnson will be responsible for driving growth in the channel, forming and strengthening alliances for partner success, and managing the firm’s global GoPurple program.

A key focus for Bunton-Johnson will be Lightbits’ collaboration with Intel, including the combination of Lightbits software-defined storage (SDS) with Intel high-performance hardware, such as processors, memory, and networking adapters.

Bunton-Johnson is a channel veteran with more than two decades of experience with channels, alliances, and OEMs.

She has worked across several tech markets: enterprise storage, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, networking, graphics, and software. 

Bunton-Johnson was formerly channel chief at WekaIO, where she built its WIN global partner program.

Previously, Bunton-Johnson worked at Telos, NVIDIA, Symantec, and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. 

She is also a member of Chief, a network for senior women leaders.

“Charla has a wealth of experience in the channel and building programs for partners to deliver value through technology-driven leadership,” said Kam Eshghi, chief strategy officer, Lightbits.

“We have exciting opportunities ahead of us, and we are looking forward to Charla’s influence in increasing the footprint of Lightbits as the partner of choice for a high-performance cloud data platform.”

Bunton-Johnson called Lightbits a “channel-focused company.”

“I am looking forward to building a world-class program to help partners maximize value for their clients and to further strengthen and extend our important and strategic alliance relationships,” Bunton-Johnson said.

Chris Ehrlich
Chris Ehrlich
Chris Ehrlich is the managing editor of several web properties in the TechnologyAdvice network. He has over 20 years of experience delivering content-based results across journalism and communications, including on B2B technologies. As a leader in digital journalism, he’s driven targeted content that resonates with audiences and increases key metrics. As a leader in branded communications, he’s driven multi-channel content for clients that spreads their messages and generates measurable returns. He holds a B.A. in English and political science from Denison University in Ohio.

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