Board of Directors
Ken Xie has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since he cofounded Fortinet in October 2000. He previously served as our President until November 2013. Prior to cofounding Fortinet, Mr. Ken Xie was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of NetScreen Technologies, Inc., a provider of network security products, which was acquired by Juniper Networks, Inc. in April 2004. Additionally, Mr. Ken Xie was Chief Executive Officer of SIS, Inc. and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Ken Xie received a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University in China and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Ken Xie has more than 25 years of technical and management experience in the networking and security industries, which includes his roles as a founder of Fortinet, NetScreen and SIS and as President and Chief Executive Officer of each of the foregoing companies. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering. Mr, Ken Xie also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance and a founding member of the Center of Cybersecurity for the World Economic Forum.
Michael Xie has served as our President and Chief Technology Officer since November 2013 and as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2001. He previously served as our Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer after co-founding Fortinet in October 2000. Prior to co-founding Fortinet, he held positions as Vice President of Engineering for ServGate Technologies, Inc., a network security provider that was acquired by Amarium Technologies, Inc. in April 2006, Software Director and Architect for NetScreen and Senior Software Engineer for Milkyway Networks Corporation, a network security solutions provider. Mr. Michael Xie has an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba in Canada, as well as a B.S. and an M.S. in automobile engineering from Tsinghua University in China.
Mr. Michael Xie has more than 20 years of technical and operational experience in the network security industry, which includes positions as the President and Chief Technology Officer of Fortinet, the Vice President of Engineering of ServGate and the Software Director and Architect of NetScreen. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Michael Xie’s deep technical knowledge is invaluable in developing and improving Fortinet’s technology and network security products. The Board of Directors also believes Mr. Michael Xie provides valuable perspective and experience as a co-founder of Fortinet and one of its largest stockholders.
Mr. Goldman has served as the President of Hillspire LLC, a family office management company, since September 2017. From October 2012 to June 2017, Mr. Goldman served as the Chief Financial Officer of Yahoo! Inc., a provider of internet content and services. Prior to this, Mr. Goldman was Fortinet’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, from September 2007 to October 2012. From November 2006 to August 2007, Mr. Goldman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dexterra, Inc., a mobile enterprise software company. From January 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Goldman served as a member of the PCAOB, Standing Advisory Group. Mr. Goldman currently serves on the board of directors of GoPro, Inc., NXP Semiconductor N.V., RingCentral, Inc., and Zuora, Inc. Mr. Goldman is also on the board of directors of the Value Reporting Foundation ("VRF"), which is responsible for the financing, oversight, administration and appointment of the VRF Standard Board. Mr. Goldman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ming Hsieh has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2013. Mr. Hsieh has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fulgent Therapeutics Inc., a cancer drug research and development company, since September 2012. From October 2010 to June 2012, Mr. Hsieh served as the President of 3M Cogent, Inc., a provider of global biometric identification solutions, following the acquisition of Cogent, Inc. by 3M Company in 2010. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Hsieh served as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the board of directors of Cogent since founding Cogent in 1990. 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.
Jean Hu has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2019. Since August 2016, Ms. Hu has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., a semiconductor company. Prior to Marvell, Ms. Hu served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of QLogic Corporation, a network server and storage networking company, from April 2011 to August 2016, and as acting Chief Executive Officer of QLogic from May 2013 to February 2014 and from August 2015 to August 2016. From 2004 to 2011, Ms. Hu served in various senior positions at Conexant Systems, Inc., a semiconductor company, including as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Business Development from December 2008 to April 2011 and as Treasurer from June 2009 until April 2011. Ms. Hu holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.
William H. Neukom has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2013 and has served as our Lead Independent Director since April 2018. 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. He is a member of the Dean’s Council at Stanford Law School and was its chair from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Neukom 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. 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. Mr. Neukom was previously 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. Mr. Neukom also serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Neukom earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an LL.B. from Stanford University.
Mr. Neukom has business leadership, operational, legal and executive experience as a result of his service as Managing General Partner and Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco Baseball Associates, as President of the American Bar Association, as a partner at an international law firm and as the Executive Vice President of Law and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Neukom, with his experience with the technology industry and his expertise in legal, governance and compliance matters, brings a unique and valuable perspective to the Board of Directors.
Judith Sim has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2015. Ms. Sim has over 30 years of marketing and executive leadership experience. During Ms. Sim’s tenure at Oracle Corporation, one of the largest global software providers known for database management systems, she served as Chief of Staff to the Office of the CEO and was Chief Marketing Officer from 2005 through 2020. Ms. Sim was responsible for global marketing, customer programs, sports marketing, brand and media communications for more than 15 years. She is currently on the Board of Directors at First Advantage, a global provider of technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety and compliance related to human capital, as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of Audit Committee. Ms. Sim is also on the board of directors at DataStax, a data management company. Ms. Sim was also a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce from 2015 to 2020. She earned a B.S. from the University of California Davis.
Ms. Sim has leadership and executive experience in field marketing, corporate communications, global customer programs, advertising, campaigns, events and corporate branding.
Admiral James Stavridis, USN, (Ret), PhD has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2021. Admiral Stavridis (Ret) attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, earned a PhD in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts, and spent 37 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among Admiral Stavridis’ (Ret) many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, leading the NATO Alliance in global operations and responsibilities included cybersecurity. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent US history. In the course of his Navy career, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy’s premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue. Following his military career, Admiral Stavridis (Ret) served for five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. While Dean, he created a blended Master’s degree in cyber and international relations at Tufts. He is a nationally recognized cybersecurity expert and routinely teaches on cyber challenges and offers insights via speaking appearances. He is currently Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Affairs of The Carlyle Group and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. Admiral Stavridis (Ret) adds further global cybersecurity collaboration insights and depth of expertise to the Fortinet board of directors.