Executive Leadership Team
Fortinet’s leadership team brings decades of extensive industry knowledge and experience, plus a well-rounded business perspective. The team’s expertise and passion for continually improving security without compromise is demonstrated by the consistent delivery of industry-leading, end-to-end solutions to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.
Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
A cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie founded and built three cybersecurity companies that have shaped the cybersecurity industry. Ken 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 as a result started NetScreen. As founder, president, and CEO, Ken led the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high-performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion.
In 2000, Ken founded Fortinet, which today is amongst the top three cyber security companies worldwide and is one of the fastest growing network security companies. Fortinet’s broad portfolio of solutions spans network, infrastructure, edge, cloud and IoT, serving approximately 70 per cent of the Fortune 100 as well as Governments around the world. In 2018, Fortinet reached US$2.15 billion in billings and was listed on the S&P500. The company employs more than 6,000 people in 79 countries.
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 the National Academy of Engineering. Ken also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance and a founding member of the Center for Cybersecurity for the World Economic Forum.
Founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Michael Xie has dedicated his career to the network security industry. For two decades, he has been relentlessly driving innovations at Fortinet, in areas of technology, products and services. He was honored with the 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 & computer engineering from the University of Manitoba as well as M.S. degrees in automobile engineering from Tsinghua University.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Keith Jensen has more than three decades of finance experience and has served as our Chief Financial Officer since May 2018. He served as our Interim Chief Financial Officer since February 2018, and our Chief Accounting Officer since July 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Jensen served as our Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller from May 2014 to July 2015. From November 2012 to May 2014, Mr. Jensen served in various positions at DataDirect Networks, Inc., a data storage provider, including as its Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. From February 2006 to November 2012, Mr. Jensen served in various positions at Sybase, Inc. (which was acquired by SAP America, Inc. in July 2010), an enterprise software and services company, including as Sybase’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to Sybase, from October 1999 to January 2006, Mr. Jensen served as Chief Financial Officer of Dorado Network Systems Corporation, a provider of software solutions to financial service companies. Mr. Jensen also previously held several positions with Coopers & Lybrand, including audit manager. Mr. Jensen holds a B.S. in Business from California State University, Sacramento.
Chief Information Security Officer
Phil brings more than three decades of cybersecurity and networking experience working across foreign, government, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Senate. Phil has responsibility for Fortinet's information security, leads strategy and expansion of Fortinet's Federal and Critical Infrastructure business, and serves as a strategic consultant to Fortinet's C-Level enterprise customers. Prior to Fortinet, Phil was the NSA Director's Special Assistant for Cyber and Chief of the NSA Cyber Task Force, with responsibility for the White House relationship in Cyber. Previously, Phil also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA, managing day-to-day operations, strategy, and relationships in cybersecurity. He held a variety of roles earlier in his tenure at the NSA, including head of the Information Operations Technology Center's Advanced Technology Group, professional staffer to the U.S. Senate, and in the Office of the Director for National Intelligence.
Sr. Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Support
Patrice Perche has more than 20 years of experience in the IT security industry. Patrice is responsible for managing Fortinet's international sales and support operations worldwide. He has been with Fortinet since 2004, leveraging his extensive experience in successfully penetrating and growing new territories, recruiting and nurturing a value-add channel partners network, and accelerating the company's footprint in the enterprise market. 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 master’s degree in computer engineering.
Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Products
John Maddison has more than 30 years of executive management experience in the Cybersecurity and Telecommunications Industries. He joined Fortinet in 2012 to lead Cloud/SaaS Security development teams and is now the Chief Marketing Officer and EVP Products. He previously held executive leadership positions at Trend Micro focused on Advanced Threat Research and Cloud Delivered Security Services. He started his career with Lucent Technologies Mobile Division, Hewlett Packard Software and Cable & Wireless Global Networking. John holds a B.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Plymouth University, United Kingdom.
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Threat Intelligence and Influencer Communications
Sandra Wheatley has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing holistic marketing and communications strategies that drive business impact. Sandra is responsible for Fortinet’s threat intelligence, customer marketing, security academy and veteran’s training programs. Additionally, Sandra has responsibility for all influencer communications including corporate messaging, corporate reputation, thought leadership, digital marketing, public relations, social media, analyst relations and executive communications. Prior to Fortinet, Sandra led a number of communications functions for leading technology brands, including Cisco, NetApp and AMD. Sandra has served on multiple non-profit boards and is a founding board member of US2020, a White House Initiative to improve STEM learning and increase the pipeline of STEM workers in the U.S. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University, a diploma in Community Leadership from Boston College, and a diploma in Corporate Responsibility from U.C. Berkeley.
Sr. Vice President, Global Human Resources
Laurie brings over 20 years of related experience to Fortinet. She will be responsible for leading global human resources and aligning our business goals with HR initiatives that will support our long-term growth, promote innovation and employee engagement. Laurie has a passion for developing innovative programs to support our mission to hire the best talent. Most recently, she served as Vice President Global Human Resources for A10 Networks. Prior to this, she has spearheaded dynamic and collaborative work environments at growing technology companies such as DCG Systems, Credence Systems, and KLA-Tencor.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances, General Counsel
John Whittle has over 20 years of experience managing a wide range of corporate development and legal matters for technology companies. Prior to Fortinet, John was vice president, general counsel for Corio, an enterprise application services provider, where he managed the company's legal matters, including an initial public offering and acquisition by IBM. Prior to Corio, John was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing technology companies in general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings. John holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of Virginia and a JD, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.
Vice President, Investor Relations
Peter Salkowski brings more than 18 years of financial market experience to Fortinet, with a strong track record in equity research and investor relations. Peter is responsible for crafting and communicating Fortinet’s investment thesis to investors. Prior to Fortinet, Peter was the head of investor relations for GoPro. Previously, Peter was a managing director at The Blueshirt Group, and the head of investor relations at DreamWorks Animation. Before becoming an investor relations professional in 2009, Peter was an Institutional Investor-rated equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs. Before working on Wall Street, Peter taught high school-level mathematics. Peter is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned an M.B.A. as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees.