Kardel is the co-founder and director of Clever Ducks, an IT consulting and services firm in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She is the third woman to lead the CompTIA Board of Directors, following Barbara Faucett (1994-95) and Susan Bailey (1998-99).
“CompTIA educates and certifies professionals in IT, but also advocates and provides philanthropy to improve our industry,” Kardel said. “I am honored and excited to chair our diverse, experienced board. My perspective as a small technology business owner is representative of many of our members who are essential to the global IT industry.”
Kardel succeeds MJ Shoer as board chairman. Shoer, chief technology officer, Internet & Telephone, LLC, remains on the board as an ex-officio member and immediate past chair.
Mont Phelps, president and CEO, NWN Corporation, and Frank Vitagliano, vice president, North American channels, Dell, were re-elected as board vice chairs for 2016-17.
Returning to the CompTIA Board of Directors for another term are Scott Barlow, vice president, global sales, Sophos, Inc.; Mary Ellen Grom, vice president, U.S. marketing, SYNNEX Corporation; Eric Martorano, general manager of U.S. channel sales, Microsoft; Quy “Q” Nguyen, CEO, Allyance Communications, Inc.; Gordon Pelosse, country manager, global support delivery Canada, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Canada; Tracy Pound, managing director, MaximITy; Kirk Robinson, senior vice president, commercial markets division and global accounts, Ingram Micro; Dan Shapero, founder, CLIKCLOUD Digital Marketing; and Barry Williams, senior director, indirect channel sales, Comcast Business.
“We’re pleased to have such an esteemed group leading CompTIA and representing the industry,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “The IT channel is a mix of large, medium and small vendors, distributors and solution providers. We strive to match that mix to determine the right priorities for the organization in serving the industry.” The new board of directors begins its service on May 1, 2016.