Forcepoint has laid off most of its North American channel team just weeks after the platform security vendor was bought by Francisco Partners, sources told CRN. The Austin-based company let go of roughly 10 North American channel employees last week, including Mark Nehring, who had been Forcepoint's North American channel chief since January 2019, according to a source familiar with the situation. The cuts affected channel account managers (CAMs) supporting large national partners, the channel marketing team, and sales and marketing staff in non-channel roles. As a result, the source said Forcepoint now has just a senior manager and four CAMs covering all North America, where the company transacts around $500-to-$600 million each year through the channel. The cuts leave Forcepoint's North American channel team at just a third of its previous size and without staff dedicated to partners like Optiv, Insight, CDW and ICM, who contribute some 80 percent of revenue.
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