Luke Walling, vice president of Sales and Operations at AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), has been named one of UBM Tech Channel’s CRN 2013 Channel Chiefs. Selected by CRN's editorial staff, this prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry. Former reseller and service provider Walling, who oversees all aspects of channel engagement from sales to technical support and marketing for AVG North America, has brought a unique vantage point to his post. He joined AVG, the provider of Internet and mobile security to 143 million active users, through the acquisition of his business, Walling Data, which focused on value-added distribution of products and services to the channel. “I am deeply honored by the UBM Channel Chief award," said Walling. "All of us in AVG’s leadership team have at one time or other lived and breathed the needs of the channel and I am very proud to be part of this. Our philosophy is all about engaging with our partners first to find out what they need and want from our products and programs. We understand they know best when it comes to the needs of their SMB customers.” Among AVG’s key accomplishments during the past year was the introduction of AVG CloudCare™ small business IT management platform, which was created with the input of resellers and managed service providers. AVG CloudCare has won praise from the channel for providing small business resellers and MSPs a free-of-charge, easy-to-use cloud-based administrative platform. AVG CloudCare offers tools that allow them to remotely deploy AVG’s award-winning antivirus and content filtering services. It also allows resellers to remotely manage their customers’ IT and provides them with priority alerts via a single easy-to-use console.