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Jay McBain


Jay McBain

Chief Analyst, Channel, Partnerships & Ecosystems, Canalys

Jay's professional bio / interests

Jay McBain is one of the most visible and respected thought leaders in the global channel ecosystem. Named 2021 Channel Influencer of the Year by Channel Partners Magazine, Top 40 Under Forty by the Business Review, as well as numerous channel magazines top influencer lists, he is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends. He has spent his 28-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, Autotask, ChannelEyes, and Forrester. Jay is chief analyst at Canalys - the world's leading research firm with a distinct focus on channels, partnerships, alliances, and ecosystems.

I’d like help with…

All things channels, partnerships, alliances, and ecosystems.

An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…

My ancestors hail from Inverness Scotland and Nottinghamshire England - I am a descendent of the Loch Ness Monster and Robin Hood.

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A career highlight

Channel Influencer of the Year in 2021




Joined Guild

Aug 04, 2022