Investor Relations

The purpose of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Fortinet, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) shall be to:
  • Provide oversight of the Company’s compensation policies, plans and benefits programs, and overall compensation philosophy;
  • Discharge the Board’s responsibilities relating to (1) oversight of the compensation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and its executive officers (including officers reporting under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) and (2) the evaluation and approval of the Company’s CEO and executive officer compensation plans, policies and programs; and
  • Administer the Company’s equity compensation plans for its executive officers and employees.
The Compensation Committee shall seek to ensure that the Company structures its compensation plans, policies and programs as to attract and retain highly qualified personnel for positions of substantial responsibility with the Company, to provide incentives for such persons to perform to the best of their abilities for the Company and to promote the success of the Company’s business, including promoting ethical business practices and a culture of meritocracy. The Compensation Committee is also responsible for approving an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement.
The Compensation Committee has the authority to undertake the specific duties and responsibilities listed below and will have the authority to undertake such other specific duties as the Board from time to time prescribes.
The Compensation Committee will consist of at least three members of the Board. The members of the Compensation Committee shall be appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Compensation Committee members may be removed by the Board in its discretion. Members of the Compensation Committee must meet the following criteria:
  • The independence requirements of the listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. LLC;
  • The non-employee director definition of Rule 16b-3 promulgated under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and
  • The outside director definition of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (“IRC”), as amended.


  • The Compensation Committee will set its own schedule of meetings and will meet at least two times annually, with the option of holding additional meetings at such times as it deems necessary or appropriate. Meetings of the Compensation Committee may be held telephonically. The Compensation Committee will maintain written minutes of its meetings, which minutes will be filed with the minutes of the meetings of the Board. The Compensation Committee may also act by written consent without a meeting in accordance with the Company’s Bylaws.
  • As part of its review and establishment of the performance criteria and compensation of designated key executives, the Compensation Committee should meet separately at least on an annual basis with the CEO, the Company’s principal human resources executive, and any other corporate officers as it deems appropriate. However, the Compensation Committee should meet regularly without such officers present, and in all cases such officers shall not be present at meetings at which their performance and compensation are being discussed and determined.
  • The Compensation Committee may invite to its meetings any director, officer or employee of the Company and such other persons as it deems appropriate in order to carry out its responsibilities. The Compensation Committee may also exclude from its meetings any persons it deems appropriate in order to carry out its responsibilities, including non-management directors who are not members of the Compensation Committee.
  • The Compensation Committee may form subcommittees for any purpose that the Compensation Committee deems appropriate and may delegate to such subcommittees
    such power and authority as the Compensation Committee deems appropriate. Specifically, at its discretion, the Compensation Committee shall have the authority to
    designate a Committee for Equity Awards to Non-Officers with the authority to grant options or stock purchase rights to non-officer employees of the Company within
    guidelines established by the Compensation Committee from time to time. Such committee shall consist of a minimum of three (3) members, including at least one (1)
    member of the Company’s Board, who may be the Chief Executive Officer, with the approval of a minimum of two (2) members of such committee required in order to take
    action to grant stock options or stock purchase rights. If designated, the Committee for Equity Awards to Non-Officers will establish its own schedule and maintain written
    minutes of its meetings, which minutes will be filed with the minutes of the meetings of the Board. The Compensation Committee shall not delegate to a subcommittee any power or authority required by law, regulation or listing standard to be exercised by the Compensation Committee as a whole.
  • The Board may designate one member of the Compensation Committee as its chairperson. If the Board does not designate a chairperson, a majority of the members of
    the Compensation Committee may elect a chairperson of the Compensation Committee.
  • Members of the Compensation Committee shall receive such fees, if any, for their service as Compensation Committee members as may be determined by the Board in its sole discretion. Such fees may include retainers or per meeting fees. Fees may be paid in such form of consideration as is determined by the Board. Members of the Compensation Committee may not receive any compensation from the Company except the fees that they receive for service as a member of the Board or any committee thereof.
  • In addition to reviewing and approving the report in the Company’s proxy statement in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the Compensation Committee will summarize its examinations and recommendations to the full Board as may be appropriate, consistent with the
    Compensation Committee’s charter.


To the extent deemed necessary or appropriate, the Compensation Committee shall:
Set Compensation for Executive Officers
  • Review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the compensation of the CEO, evaluate his or her performance in light thereof, and consider factors related to the performance of the Company in approving the compensation level of the CEO. The CEO may not be present during deliberations or voting on such matters.
  • Review and approve the CEO’s (1) annual base salary, (2) annual incentive bonus, including the specific goals and amount, (3) equity compensation, (4) any employment agreement, severance arrangement and change in control agreement/provision, (5) any signing bonus or payment of relocation costs and (6) any other benefits, compensation or arrangements. In determining, the long-term incentive component of CEO compensation, the Compensation Committee will consider, among other things, the Company’s performance and relative stockholder return, the value of similar incentive awards to CEOs at comparable companies and the awards given to the Company’s CEO in past years. The CEO may not be present during deliberations or voting on such matters.
  • Have authority to review annually and approve items (1) through (6) in the previous bullet for other executive officers identified by the Compensation Committee.
  • Review and make recommendations to the full Board, or approve any contracts or other transactions with current or former executive officers of the Company, including
    consulting arrangements, employment contracts, severance or termination arrangements and loans to employees made or guaranteed by the Company.
  • Have the sole authority to retain and terminate (or obtain the advice of) any adviser to be used by the Compensation Committee to assist it in the performance of its duties, but
    only after taking into consideration factors relevant to the adviser’s independence from management specified in NASDAQ Listing Rule 5605(d)(3).
  • Be directly responsible for the appointment, compensation and oversight of the work of any adviser retained by it and sole authority to approve the adviser’s fees and other
    retention terms. The Company must provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Compensation Committee, for payment of reasonable compensation to any adviser retained by the Compensation Committee.
Monitor Incentive and Equity-Based Compensation Plans
  • Establish and administer annual and long-term incentive compensation plans for senior executives, including:
    • Establishing performance objectives and certifying performance achievement; and
    • Reviewing and approving all equity-based compensation plans and grant awards of shares and stock options pursuant to such plans.
  • Administer the Company’s equity incentive plans. In its administration of the plans, the Compensation Committee may, pursuant to authority delegated by the Board, (i) grant stock options, stock purchase rights or restricted stock units to individuals eligible for such grants (including grants to individuals subject to Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in compliance with Rule 16b 3 promulgated thereunder) and in accordance with procedures and guidelines as may be established by the Board and (ii) amend such stock options, stock purchase rights or restricted stock units.
  • The Compensation Committee shall also make recommendations to the Board with respect to amendments to the plans and changes in the number of shares reserved for issuance thereunder.
  • Approve all option grants and restricted stock unit grants to executive officers of the Company to ensure that such grants comply with Section 162(m) of the IRC.
  • Oversee the Company’s overall compensation philosophy, compensation plans and benefits programs by reviewing management reports with respect thereto on at least an annual basis. This oversight shall include a review of the Company’s compensation policies and practices to assure they provide for appropriate rewards and incentives, taking into consideration whether such rewards and incentives encourage undue or inappropriate risk taking by Company employees. The Compensation Committee shall also make recommendations to the Board with respect to improvements or changes to such plans or the adoption of new plans when appropriate.
  • In connection with executive compensation programs:
    • Review and recommend to the full Board, or approve, new executive compensation programs;
    • Review on a periodic basis the operations of the Company’s executive compensation programs to determine whether they are properly coordinated and achieving their intended purpose(s);
    • Establish and periodically review policies for the administration of executive compensation programs; and
    • Take steps to modify any executive compensation program that yields payments and benefits that are not reasonably related to executive and corporate performance.
  • Periodically review executive compensation programs and total compensation levels, including:
    • Conducting comparative analyses of total compensation relative to market;
    • Quantifying maximum payouts to executives under performance-based incentive plans and total payments under a variety of termination conditions, including upon a change of control; and
    • The impact of tax and accounting rules changes.
  • Establish and periodically review policies in the area of senior management perquisites
  • Authorize the repurchase of shares from terminated employees pursuant to applicable law
  • Review and recommend compensation programs for outside directors.
Compliance and Governance Issues
  • Review and discuss with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) and related disclosures required by the SEC. The Committee will also review and recommend the final CD&A to the Board for inclusion in the annual report (Form 10-K) and proxy.
  • Review and approve the Compensation Committee Report required by the rules of the SEC to be furnished with the Company’s annual report and proxy statement.
  • Review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter periodically and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
  • Report regularly to the Board (i) following meetings of the Compensation Committee, (ii) with respect to such other matters as are relevant to the Compensation Committee’s discharge of its responsibilities and (iii) with respect to such recommendations as the Compensation Committee may deem appropriate. The report to the Board may take the form of an oral report by the chairperson or any other member of the Compensation Committee designated by the Compensation Committee to make such report.
  • Review annually the performance of the Compensation Committee.
The Compensation Committee shall perform such other functions as assigned by law, the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws or the Board.

Committee Members

William H. Neukom
William H. Neukom

Mr. William H. Neukom has served as a member of our board of directors since January 2013.  Mr. Neukom is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world.  He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates LLP and is a lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law.  Mr. Neukom was the lead lawyer for Microsoft Corporation for nearly 25 years, managing its legal, government affairs and philanthropic activities. He retired from Microsoft as its Executive Vice President of Law and Corporate Affairs in 2002, when he returned to Preston, Gates & Ellis LLP and served as the firm’s chairman from 2003 until its merger with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP in 2007. He is a trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College, having served as chair of the board from 2004 to 2007, and was president of the American Bar Association from 2007 to 2008. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team from 2008 to 2011, and served as its Chairman Emeritus during 2012.

Mr. Neukom serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Asia Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Ecotrust and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. He is a member of the Dean’s Council at Stanford Law School and was its chair from 2012 to 2015. In 1995, Mr. Neukom and his four children founded the Neukom Family Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organizations in the fields of education, the environment, health, human services, and justice.  Mr. Neukom earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his LL.B. from Stanford University.


Peter Cohen
Peter Cohen

Mr. Cohen has served on the Board since May, 2017.  Mr. Cohen is a 17-year Amazon executive veteran and founding member of Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he served in senior business and technical roles driving business growth. At AWS, he led strategic direction, product definition and development for several core AWS cloud service offerings. Most recently, Mr. Cohen led strategy, acquisition, and investment for AWS. Prior, Mr. Cohen built and ran the Amazon Mechanical Turk business, where he was responsible for building and operating core technology and computing-related architectural initiatives.

Mr. Cohen holds several patents for his cutting-edge cloud innovations. He currently serves as co-founder of Xendota, a next generation cloud technology strategy and research company. In addition to his appointment to the Fortinet board of directors, he also provides technology and business advisory and board member services to a number of organizations worldwide.

Ming Hsieh
Ming Hsieh

Ming Hsieh has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2013.  Mr. Hsieh has served as the Chairman and CEO of Fulgent Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company, since September 2012.  Prior to that, Mr. Hsieh served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cogent, Inc., a provider of global biometric identification solutions, since founding Cogent in 1990 until its acquisition by 3M Company in 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Hsieh was a research and development engineer at International Rectifier Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductors, from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Hsieh received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California in 1983 and an M.S.E.E. from University of Southern California in 1984.
Mr. Hsieh has leadership, operational and executive experience by serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cogent, Inc.

Christopher B. Paisley
Christopher B. Paisley
Lead Independent Director

Christopher B. Paisley has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2004 and as our Lead Independent Director since 2012. Since January 2001, Mr. Paisley has served as the Dean's Executive Professor of Accounting at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Mr. Paisley also serves as a member of the boards of directors of Equinix, Inc., a provider of network colocation, interconnection and managed services, Fitbit Inc., a connected health and fitness company, and Ambarella Inc., a developer of low-power, high-definition video compression and image processing semiconductors. Mr. Paisley holds a B.A. in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles.


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