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Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designing software firewalls while studying at Stanford University. In 1996, he realized the performance limitations of software firewalls running on PCs/servers, and then started NetScreen. As founder, president and CEO, he lead the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) later was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion. In 2000, after recognizing that firewalls and VPNs alone could not stop content and application network attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam and malicious Web content, Ken founded Fortinet. Fortinet pioneered Unified Threat Management (UTM) - a market which Fortinet leads and has quickly grown to be among the largest segments in the network security space. Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT), which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "2009 IPO of the Year."
Ken earned an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering; a state registered Professional Engineer; a member of Committee 100; and holds certificates of Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University.
Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Michael Xie has more than 15 years of experience in the network security industry. Previously, he held positions as Vice President of Engineering for ServGate, Software Director and Architect for NetScreen, and Senior Software Engineer for Milkyway Networks. He was honored with 2009 Tech Innovator Awards by Everything Channel's CRN. He was also named a 2006 Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and a Top Technology Innovator by VARBusiness Magazine in 2004. Michael has an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China.
Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Nancy Bush brings over 20 years of financial management experience and expertise at a number of Silicon Valley based high technology companies. Prior to joining Fortinet in 2011 as Vice President and Worldwide Corporate Controller, Nancy served as Vice President of Finance at ArcSight, a leading security information management company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. In that role, she was as a key member of the ArcSight leadership team and led all financial functions for the company, including contract negotiations, treasury, tax, structuring of legal entities, merger and acquisition activities, meeting regulatory compliance requirements etc. Prior to joining ArcSight, Nancy served as the Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller for companies such as Packeteer and Maxtor. Previous to Maxtor, she held senior finance roles at Terayon and SGI. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Vice President, Services
Michael Anderson has more than 20 years experience leading high-performance support and services teams for global technology companies. He is responsible for leading Fortinet's global support, professional services and training organizations. He joined Fortinet from Check Point Software Technologies, where he led professional services and training. Michael was brought to Check Point through its acquisition of Nokia's Network Security division, where he led global services. Prior to Check Point and Nokia, Michael was the vice president of global services for SonicWALL and held senior leadership positions with Silicon Graphics and Digital Equipment Corporation. Michael holds a B.S. degree in communications from the University of Washington.
Vice President, Americas Sales
Peter Brant brings to Fortinet over 15 years of sales and channel experience delivering innovative security solutions to global customers. Peter joined Fortinet as Vice President of Americas Enterprise Sales, during which time he strategically developed a channel based enterprise team that has been successful in developing an impressive customer base within the Fortune 100. Peter has been key in establishing Fortinet as the solutions thought leader in Healthcare, Education, Financial Services High Tech and Distributed Retail. Prior to joining Fortinet, Peter held Vice President of Americas Sales positions at Breach Security, AdmitOne Security and was a key management contributor to the early years of SonicWALL. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Finance and Marketing Decision Sciences from Western Washington University.
Vice President, Marketing
John Maddison has more than 20 years experience in the telecommunication, IT Infrastructure and security industries. Previously he held positions as General Manager Data Center division and Senior Vice President Core Technology at Trend Micro. Before that Senior Director of Product Management at Lucent Technologies. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the United States. John graduated with a Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering degree from Plymouth University, United Kingdom.
Vice President, Human Resources
Amanda Mallow has nearly 15 years of experience in Human Resources Management for the high-tech sector. She is responsible for leading Fortinet’s global Human Resources function. Prior to joining Fortinet, Amanda held the interim VP of Human Resources role for Xantrex Technology Inc. (acquired by Schneider Electric) where she played a pivotal role in developing leading edge Human Resources initiatives including compensation design, leadership training, recruitment and acquisition integration. Prior to Xantrex Technology, she managed organizational development at Creo Inc. (acquired by Kodak). Amanda holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She is also an active committee member of the Human Resources Technology Group in Vancouver, BC.
Vice President, International Sales and Support
Patrice Perche has nearly two decades of experience in the IT security industry. In his current position, Patrice is responsible for managing Fortinet's international sales and support operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia. Prior to this, Patrice was vice president of EMEA sales at Fortinet and helped drive the company's sales into , Benelux, Spain, India and the Middle East region. Patrice has extensive experience in launching innovative security technologies into new markets and working closely with channel partners. Prior to joining Fortinet, he was co-founder and CEO of Risc Group, a French-based company focusing on IT Security with pan-European operations. Patrice graduated from Insa Lyon and holds a masters degree in computer engineering.
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Michelle Spolver has nearly 20 years of experience helping technology companies gain mindshare and market share through the development, management and implementation of public, analyst and investor relations programs, corporate reputation management, executive communications, and customer and channel marketing activities. Prior to joining Fortinet, Michelle was director of worldwide public relations for Check Point Software Technologies, where she was instrumental in growing the company's brand awareness through business, financial and industry trade press. Prior to Check Point, Michelle held senior public relations positions at Compaq Computer Corporation (acquired by HP) and Weber Shandwick Public Relations. Michelle earned a B.A. degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).
Vice President, Legal and Corporate Development
John Whittle has significant experience managing a wide range of legal matters for technology companies. Most recently John was Vice President, General Counsel for Ingres Corporation, an open source database company formed by a divestiture from Computer Associates (CA). Prior to that, John was Vice President, General Counsel for Corio, Inc., an enterprise application services provider, where he managed the company's legal matters, which included an initial public offering process and acquisition by IBM. Prior to Corio, John was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing technology companies in general corporate matters, initial public offerings and follow-on offerings. John holds a BA degree in history from the University of Virginia and a JD, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
Fortinet IPO: Nov 2009
FY12 Revenue: $534M
$841M cash and no debt
Q3-2013 Revenue: $155M
3rd Largest Network Security Appliance Vendor
149 patents issued
108 patents pending
200+ awards, including:
Security Product of the Year
Best Integrated Security Appliance
Best IPS solution
Top Mid-market Solution
2006 Technology Pioneer
5 ICSA security certifications
NSS certified (UTM)
ISO 9001 certified
Fenwick & West LLP
Mountain View, California
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
San Jose, California