Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
A cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur, Xie founded three companies that have shaped the cybersecurity industry. NetScreen, later acquired by Juniper for $4Bn is recognized for the industry’s first ASIC for high-performance firewalls and VPNs.
After Netscreen, Xie founded Fortinet, one of the top three cybersecurity companies worldwide. Fortinet’s broad portfolio of solutions protect 70 percent of the Fortune 100 as well as governments around the world.
Xie earned an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford and BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University. Xie sits on the boards of the Cyber Threat Alliance and WEF’s Centre for Cybersecurity.
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.
CRO & EVP 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 of Products. He previously held executive leadership positions at Trend Micro where he focused on advanced threat research and cloud delivery 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.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Keith Jensen has more than three decades of finance experience and has served as Fortinet's Chief Financial Officer since May 2018. He served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer since February 2018, and our Chief Accounting Officer since July 2015.
Mr. Jensen's vast experience comes from serving in various positions at DataDirect Networks, Inc., Sybase, Inc. and Dorado Network Systems Corporation. He has also previously held several positions with Coopers & Lybrand.
Mr. Jensen holds a B.S. in Business from California State University, Sacramento.