Board of Directors
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 then started NetScreen. As founder, president and CEO, he lead the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) later 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 pioneered Unified Threat Management (UTM) - a market which Fortinet leads and has quickly grown to be among the largest segments in the network security space. Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT), which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "2009 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 National Academy of Engineering; a state registered Professional Engineer; a member of Committee 100; and holds certificates of Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University.
Michael Xie has more than 15 years of experience in the network security industry. Previously, he held positions Software Director and Architect for NetScreen. He was honored with 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.
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 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.
Gary Locke is the former Governor of the State of Washington, serving two consecutive terms from 1997 to 2005. With more than 20 years of public service leadership, Mr. Locke brings extensive knowledge on corporate and global issues related to the cybersecurity challenges of government organizations. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Locke ran the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Commerce Secretary. He also served as the United States Ambassador to China from 2011 until 2014. In addition to his public service, Mr. Locke has extensive experience in international law and government relations. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Locke is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a law degree from Boston University.
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.
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.
Judith Sim is Chief Marketing Officer at Oracle Corporation. Ms. Sim joined Oracle in 1991 and has held various customer-related and marketing positions during her tenure. Today, she is head of corporate marketing programs including field marketing, corporate communications, global customer programs, advertising, campaigns, events, and corporate branding.
Ms. Sim has a BS from the University of California, Davis.