CRN Names Charla Bunton-Johnson of Lightbits Labs Channel Chief for 2024

Cloud storage industry veteran recognized for channel-first leadership.


SAN JOSE, Calif., February 5, 2024 – Lightbits®, an innovation leader of simple, high-performance, cost-efficient data platforms for any cloud, is honored to announce that  CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized Charla Bunton-Johnson, vice president, Global Alliances and Channels as one of the 2024 Channel Chiefs, an award bestowed upon top channel executives who work tirelessly to advance the channel agenda and deliver successful channel partner programs and strategies.

A panel of CRN editors selected the honorees for their channel dedication and accomplishments as channel advocates. The 2024 Channel Chiefs are influential leaders who continue to shape the IT channel with innovative strategies, programs, and partnerships. Their leadership and influence will greatly impact the future IT community, driving progress and innovation while helping solution providers succeed.

“These channel evangelists are dedicated to supporting solution providers and achieving growth by implementing robust partner programs and unique business strategies,” said Jennifer Follett, VP, US Content, and Executive Editor, CRN, at The Channel Company. “Their efforts are instrumental in helping partners bring essential solutions to market. The Channel Company is pleased to acknowledge these prominent channel leaders and looks forward to chronicling their achievements throughout the year.”

Bunton-Johnson is a channel veteran with more than two decades of experience in channels, alliances, CSPs, and OEMs and a history of building partner programs to 5-star status. With her channel-first approach, she’s poised to drive growth velocity, form and strengthen strategic alliances, and oversee the Lightbits Luminary Global Channel Program, all with a keen eye on the cloud. The demand for a modern cloud platform like Lightbits is growing, providing an enormous opportunity for channel partners. Customers use Lightbits because whether they are building a cloud platform or a cloud service, the innovative architecture of the Lightbits software accelerates modern-day workloads and applications that have a thirst for higher performance while offering the business cloud-like simplicity, cost-efficiency, enterprise reliability, and durability. Solution providers with a cloud initiative or specialty should take a hard look at the Lightbits channel program.

“We’re honored to have our channel leader highlighted as a 2024 Channel Chief by CRN,” said Kam Eshghi, Co-Founder and CSO, Lightbits Labs. “Charla has made significant contributions to the channel community throughout her career and we’re pleased with the program she’s driving at Lightbits and look forward to her scaling our channel to even greater heights. She’s very deserving of this industry recognition.”

For more information on the Lightbits Luminary Global Partner Program or to become a partner, go to or email

CRN’s 2024 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2024 issue of CRN® Magazine and online at

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About Lightbits Labs
Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), offers a complete data platform that enables organizations to run critical, storage-intensive workloads on the public cloud or to build a high-performance, cost-efficient on-premises private cloud. Lightbits software-defined storage eliminates the barriers to cloud adoption by delivering better performance, scalability, cost-efficiency, and availability than legacy storage systems or cloud-native storage. The native NMVe/TCP and clustered architecture, coupled with essential data services solve the common cloud storage challenges of performance, efficiency, and cost. Lightbits is backed by enterprise technology leaders [Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, Lenovo, and Micron] and is on a mission to deliver a robust cloud storage platform with unmatched simplicity, efficiency, agility, and flexibility.

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