R3, the enterprise blockchain software firm, has appointed former IBM and Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive, Dorothy Copeland, as global head of partner ecosystem and alliances.
Copeland joins R3 following a tenure at IBM where she was responsible for ecosystem partner sales, programs and business development. At IBM, she led the company’s partner business function across the areas of software, cloud, systems and services for over 80,000 solution providers, ISVs, MSPs, cloud providers, channel resellers, distributors and digital marketplaces. She was also a member of the IBM Acceleration Team, an internal board of top-performing IBM executives.
Prior to her role at IBM, Copeland held senior positions at AWS, where she built the company’s global ecosystem programs from the ground-up. At AWS, she created the industry’s first IaaS-focused channel, MSP and Competency programs, growing AWS’s ecosystem from a standing start to a multibillion-dollar business, across tens of thousands of partners around the world.
“I’m delighted to join R3 to drive the significant opportunity in the market for R3’s partner ecosystem,” says Copeland. “R3 has differentiated itself as the clear leader in enterprise blockchain platforms, which have the potential to transform industries around the world. R3’s technology is well positioned for partners to build robust enterprise blockchain solutions, providing business outcomes across a wide variety of use cases. The opportunity for R3 is similar to the early stages of cloud when I joined AWS in early 2010 to build out their thriving ecosystem.”
“R3 is committed to supporting our ecosystem partners and Dorothy will lead our engagement,” says Cathy Minter, chief revenue officer, R3. “She joins at an important juncture for R3, as we move on our work establishing Corda Enterprise as the go-to technology for the enterprise space, deepening our relations with our partners. Dorothy brings a world class experience of growing and developing partnership programs on evolving technology platforms. We’re delighted to have her on the team as we take this next important step in our development.”