Melih KIRKGOZ is an esteemed technology leader, bringing over 23+ years of unwavering dedication to the field of cybersecurity. His vision is deeply rooted in technological innovation and strategic expansion.
From 2000 to 2007, Melih showcased his prowess as a cybersecurity engineer at Vodafone (formerly Koc.net). In this pivotal phase, he amassed significant hands-on and presales experience, becoming adept with a broad portfolio of leading cybersecurity vendor products addressing requirements of a diverse range of customer base.
In 2008, Melih embarked on a transformative journey with Fortinet. Now acting as the Director of Solutions Architecture for Strategic Accounts spanning the International Emerging and APAC Regions, he plays an instrumental role in driving Fortinet's business momentum. Tailoring innovative technology and solutions, Melih ensures alignment with the distinct needs of diverse sectors and customers.
From 2015 onwards, Melih has been a member of Fortinet's exclusive "Office of the CTO" group led by Fortinet's President and CTO, Michael Xie. His influential footprint is evident in shaping the company's core product trajectory, acting as a vital nexus between field requirements and Fortinet's Product Management Teams.
Beyond his 13+ years of hands-on technical and presales exposure, Melih is endorsed by an array of prestigious certifications spanning CISSP, Linux, networking, and security domains.
With a decade-long experience managing multi-national and regional teams, coupled with Regional Technology Leadership elevates him as a distinguished figure in the industry.