CRN Recognizes Hannah Godwin and Kerri Holland of DirectDefense on the 2024 Women of the Channel List

DENVER – May 13, 2024DirectDefense, a leading information security services company, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Hannah Godwin, Director of Strategic Alliances, and Kerri Holland, Sr. Partner Marketing Manager, to the Women of the Channel list for 2024.

Every year, CRN highlights women from vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations whose vision and leadership have a beneficial influence on the technology industry. The CRN 2024 Women of the Channel honorees are creative, strategic leaders who show ongoing commitment to using their skills to innovate and drive success for their partners and customers.

With this recognition, CRN honors these women leaders for their unwavering dedication and commitment to furthering channel excellence.

Hannah Godwin leads DirectDefense’s efforts in developing new technology and channel partnerships and fostering strategic alliances. Over the past year, Hannah played a key role in achieving record results for our channel, securing the largest partner opportunity, leading the planning of a partner portal, and creating promotional programs. She boosted the company’s channel business by nearly 20% from 2022 to 2023, with its team winning 50% of partner-generated opportunities.

Kerri Holland leads partner marketing efforts for DirectDefense. In the past year, she onboarded new OT tech partners into our MSSP and new IT security partners. Kerri also launched the company’s first anti-ransomware partner promotion with Halcyon, offering a 60-day free trial. Kerri cultivated new relationships and deepened existing ones, strengthening its channel ecosystem and driving positive business outcomes through co-branded events. These events have reinforced DirectDefense’s partnerships, positioning the company as the premier white-glove security solutions and managed services provider.

“It is a great privilege to honor the remarkable achievements of these women leaders in the IT channel,” said Jennifer Follett, VP, U.S. Content and Executive Editor, CRN at The Channel Company. “Each woman on the list has demonstrated a deep commitment to innovation and leadership that advances their organizations and drives transformation and success across the IT channel.”

The 2024 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 13 at


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DirectDefense provides enterprise risk assessments, penetration testing, ICS/SCADA security services, and 24/7 managed security services for companies of all sizes. Focused on building security resiliency, the firm offers comprehensive security testing services with specialization in application security, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, and compliance assurance testing. Its team of highly talented consultants has worked with the majority of the Fortune 100 companies, in industries such as power and utility, gaming, retail, financial, media, travel, aerospace, healthcare, and technology. More information can be found at

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