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 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 as a result started NetScreen. As founder, president, and CEO, he 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, 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 first pioneered the concept of Unified Threat Management (UTM), which unified these functions into single, highly functional appliances. With the rise of IoT, cloud, and mobility, Fortinet is now leading the way in evolving to the next generation of cybersecurity with its holistic Security Fabric vision and portfolio of solutions, which secure the entire attack service from IoT to the cloud and from user to data. Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT) in 2009, which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "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 the National Academy of Engineering and a state-registered Professional Engineer. He also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance.
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 software director and architect for NetScreen. 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.
Sr. Vice President, Products and Solutions
John Maddison has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications, 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 John was 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.
Sr. Vice President, Global Marketing
Stacey brings more than two decades of enterprise, networking, and security marketing expertise to Fortinet, with a strong track record in global demand generation, customer-centric digital marketing, and strategic sales enablement programs. Stacey is responsible for creating brand preference, generating demand, and accelerating customer acquisition and sales productivity for Fortinet's global market opportunity. Prior to Fortinet, Stacey was vice president, marketing and demand generation at Avaya, and prior to that, she held a variety of marketing leadership roles at Symantec, most recently VP of strategic marketing and planning. Prior to Symantec, she led various product marketing teams at Check Point Software, NEC, and HP. Stacey holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a B.S. in Computer Science from San Francisco State University.
Sr. Vice President, Global Corporate Communications
Sandra Wheatley has more than 20 years of experience leading holistic communications strategies that drive business impact. Sandra is responsible for Fortinet's corporate reputation and global communications strategy with a scope of responsibility that spans public relations, executive communications, thought leadership, social media, internal communications, and customer marketing. Prior to Fortinet, Sandra held communications leadership roles at Cisco, NetApp and AMD, with nearly a decade in Cisco's Corporate Public Relations Group, working in the Office of the President. Sandra serves 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.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Brian brings broad experience across multiple industries, a global footprint, and the full human resources discipline mix and is a seasoned partner to the business in this critical area for our long-term growth – the care and development of our talent. Brian is responsible for leading the company’s global human resources function, with a focus on talent management, training and development, strategic workforce planning, recruiting, compensation and benefits, and diversity initiatives. Prior to Fortinet, Brian was vice president of HR for two major divisions of Flex, where he led cultural and business initiatives supporting the company’s transformation. Prior to Flex, Brian held a variety of senior human resources roles at Gilead Sciences, VMware, Applied BioSystems, AOL, and Sun Microsystems. Brian holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Albion College.
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.