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.
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.
Andrew Del Matto
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Andrew “Drew” Del Matto brings over 20 years of financial management experience and expertise in the network security market. Prior to joining Fortinet, Drew held a variety of senior management roles at Symantec including acting chief financial officer, as well as senior vice president and chief accounting officer. Drew also served as Symantec’s corporate treasurer and vice president of finance business operations, responsible for all treasury functions, various aspects of mergers & acquisitions, pricing and licensing, financial planning and analysis, and revenue operations. Prior to Symantec, Drew held senior finance leadership roles with Inktomi Corporation and SGI Corporation. He began his career as a CPA in public accounting with KPMG LLP.
Chief Accounting Officer (CAO)
Keith F. Jensen has been the company’s vice president of finance and corporate controller since May 2014. He served in various positions at DataDirect Networks, Inc., including chief accounting officer and chief administration officer. Prior to that, Keith held various positions at Sybase, Inc. (acquired by SAP in July 2010), including vice president and chief accounting officer. Before Sybase, he was chief financial officer of Dorado Network Systems Corporation. He also previously held positions with Coopers & Lybrand, including audit manager in the firm’s national office. Keith holds a B.S. degree in business from California State University, Sacramento.
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 of People
Lisa McGill has more than 20 years of experience leading and driving strategic human resource initiatives globally with a focus on enhancing the employee experience. Lisa is a business partner ensuring achievement of corporate objectives and aggressive market leadership. Prior to joining Fortinet, Lisa was in the data networking market. Lisa was senior vice president of human resources at Brocade Communications and prior to that she was senior vice president of human resources at Foundry Networks, which Brocade acquired in 2008. Lisa previously held senior HR positions at Alcatel and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, a bachelor’s of science degree in business management, and is SHRM-CP certified.
Chief Communications Officer
Michelle Spolver has more than 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, Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances, General Counsel
John Whittle has over 15 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.