Fortinet Executives biography

Michael Xie
Michael Xie
Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer
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.

John Maddison
John Maddison
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.

Phil Quade
Phil Quade
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.

Patrice Perche
Patrice Perche
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.

Filippo Cassini
Filippo Cassini
Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Systems Engineering
Filippo Cassini joined Fortinet in 2003 and has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications, IT and security industries. He leads the Presales Consultants team which engages with Fortinet's top Telco customers around the world. Before becoming Fortinet’s Vice President of Worldwide Consulting Systems Engineering, Filippo held positions as Security Products System Engineer in Exclusive Networks, a pan-european security products distributor, and also worked as LINUX security consultant and engineer. Filippo holds an engineering degree.

Derek Manky
Derek Manky
Chief Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances
Mr. Manky is Chief, Security Insights and Global Threats Alliances, with Fortinet. Fortinet secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security features without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. In addition, more than 200 security threat researchers, engineers, and forensic specialists comprise the FortiGuard Labs threat research team operating around the world, to track and protect customers against the evolving threat landscape. Derek Manky graduated from BCIT in 2003 with a Diploma of Technology in Computer Systems – Data Communication Systems. He has served on BCIT’s Computer Systems Technology Program Advisory Council since 2011.

Christiane Ohlgart
Christiane Ohlgart
Vice President, Finance
Christiane joined Fortinet in 2016 and is responsible for Financial Planning, Forecasting and Analysis including Management Reporting, Treasury and Insurance Management, Credit and Collections, Sales Compensation and Deal Support. Before joining Fortinet, Christiane has held various roles in different functions in Finance and Accounting. Christiane has a master’s degree in business administration and computer engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and started her career at Arthur Andersen in public accounting as a public accountant and certified information systems auditor after graduating from University. Christiane has worked all her career in the technology industry and worked for SAP for 18 years in Germany and the United States, with responsibility for External Financial Reporting, IFRS implementation, M&A integration, financial system and process improvements and before leaving SAP was the CFO for SuccessFactors (an acquired SAP subsidiary) with responsibility for that entity and overall financial responsibility for SAP’s Cloud Portfolio.

Carl Windsor
Carl Windsor
Field Chief Technology Officer
Dr Carl Windsor has worked at Fortinet for 14 years in SE, Sales and Product Management roles and is now Field Chief Technology Officer with a focus on SD-WAN and application security strategy.
Prior to working at Fortinet Carl ran managed service strategy in European Datacenter company TeleCity and holds a PhD in Computational Chemistry & Quantum Mechanics.