Founder, Chairman of the Board, & CEO
A cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie founded and built three cybersecurity companies that have shaped the cybersecurity industry. In 2000, Ken founded Fortinet, which today is amongst the top three cyber security companies worldwide and is one of the fastest growing network security companies. Its broad portfolio of solutions span network, infrastructure, cloud and IoT, serving more than 360,000 customers worldwide including 70 percent of the Fortune 100. As of 2018, Fortinet provided the number one most adopted network security solution, according to IDC, with over 4 million units shipped globally equating to almost 30 percent of the total worldwide deployment of security devices.
As of 2017, Fortinet reached US$1.8 billion in billings and expanded to over 5,000 employees in 79 countries. In 2018, Fortinet crossed an innovation milestone of over 500 issued patents worldwide, with an additional 240 pending patent applications, a record among similar security vendors. Additionally, Fortinet has received unparalleled industry recognition and validation, earning “Recommended” ratings from NSS Labs across nine different independent group tests and consistent recognition from Gartner as a Leader in several Magic Quadrants for both completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Previously Ken founded and was president and CEO of NetScreen. As founder, president, and CEO, he led the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high-performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion.
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 the National Academy of Engineering. Ken also represents Fortinet as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyber Threat Alliance and a founding member of the Center for Cybersecurity for the World Economic Forum.