Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global scalable storage and data security company, today announced that Nexsan channel executive Walter Palhetas has been named one of UBM Tech Channel’s CRN 2013 Channel Chiefs. 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. Palhetas, executive vice president of Americas and Asia-Pacific sales, worldwide marketing and operations at Nexsan, is being honored for the third consecutive year. Nexsan, now part of Imation Corp., provides NAS/SAN unified hybrid storage, SAN-based dense storage and archive solutions. The systems are designed for ease of use and can be flexibly tailored to meet an organization’s needs while uniquely delivering enterprise-class features without the enterprise-class price. The company’s 100 percent channel model leverages the expertise and loyalty of its partners to succeed and provides comprehensive programs for sales, marketing and partner education. Its LeadGuard opportunity registration program is widely considered the leading deal-securing program to help protect partner investments in sales opportunities. Selected by CRN's editorial staff, the 2013 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the 2/25/13 issue of CRN Magazine, and online at www.crn.com. “In the last three years at Nexsan, Walter has been instrumental in the strong growth of our channel business, including market-leading channel enablement, unmatched opportunity protection for partners and the development of new worldwide OEM relationships,” said Philip Black, CEO at Nexsan. “He understands what’s important to our partners’ success and he makes it happen.” For over ten years, Channel Chiefs have been selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales.