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Wendell Black, Vice President Global Channels and International Business of Five9, Recognized as 2019 CRN® Channel Chief

SAN RAMON, Calif. - February 11, 2019 – Five9, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVN), a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Wendell Black, vice president of global channels and international business, to its prestigious list of 2019 Channel Chiefs. The top IT channel leaders included on this list continually strive to drive growth and revenue in their organization through their channel partners.

Each of the 2019 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to their channel partner programs. Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff as a result of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. 

This marks Black’s third year in a row being named a 2019 Channel Chief honoree. Since joining Five9 in October 2015, Black has worked extensively to expand the Five9 global partner network to support business growth. In 2018, Black doubled channel revenues, including partner sales in EMEA and LATAM markets, year on year.

“The individuals on CRN’s 2019 Channel Chiefs list deserve special recognition for their contribution and support in the development of robust partner programs, innovative business strategies, and significant influence to the overall health of the IT channel,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “We applaud each Channel Chief’s remarkable record of accomplishments and look forward to following their continued success.”

“I’m honored to be recognized as a CRN 2019 Channel Chief,” said Wendell Black, vice president of global channels and international business, Five9. “I look forward to another excellent year for Five9 – with a focus on leveraging our EMEA partners to jointly spearhead the adoption of cloud contact centers around the globe.”

The 2019 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at and will appear in the February 2019 issue of CRN.

About Five9

Five9 is a leading provider of cloud contact center software for the digital enterprise, bringing the power of cloud innovation to customers and facilitating more than three billion customer interactions annually. Five9 provides end-to-end solutions with omnichannel routing, analytics, WFO, and AI to increase agent productivity and deliver tangible business results. The Five9 platform is reliable, secure, compliant, and scalable; designed to create exceptional personalized customer experiences. 

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