The Management Team

At companies that include Check Point, NetScreen, McAfee, Juniper Networks and Cisco our founders, management team, and board of directors have helped create some of the most important network security technologies of the last 15+ years, including stateful inspection, hardware-based security, and intrusion prevention. They have joined and remain at Palo Alto Networks because we are all driven to make sure that the next game-changing innovations will and are being developed here.

 

Our management team

Nikesh Arora

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.

Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University. 

Amit Singh

President

As president, Amit is responsible for all go-to-market functions, including sales, support, consulting, business development, partnerships and enablement. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Amit held several roles at Google, including founding and building Google's Cloud business. In this capacity, he worked to help companies move to Cloud-based services like Gmail, Google Docs and the entire Cloud platform suite. He also led business and operations for Google's AR and VR efforts. Prior to Google, Amit spent 20 years at Oracle in various product, engineering, sales and strategy roles.

Amit is a graduate of Rensselaer with a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

Kathy Bonanno

Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Bonanno joined Palo Alto Networks in 2014. In November 2017, she became executive vice president and CFO, overseeing the company's finance, accounting and manufacturing functions. Previously, she served as senior vice president of finance and had responsibility for financial planning, treasury, enterprise risk management and facilities. In her 30 years of business experience, she has held a variety of senior finance positions, including vice president, FP&A at Symantec Corporation and managing director of Investor Relations at American Airlines. Kathy holds an MBA from Texas Christian University and a B.S. in finance from Arizona State University.

Nir Zuk

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Nir Zuk brings a wealth of network security expertise and industry experience to Palo Alto Networks. Prior to co-founding Palo Alto Networks, Nir was CTO at NetScreen Technologies, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2004. Prior to NetScreen, Nir was co-founder and CTO at OneSecure, a pioneer in intrusion prevention and detection appliances. Nir was also a principal engineer at Check Point Software Technologies, and was one of the developers of stateful inspection technology.

Lee Klarich

Chief Product Officer

Since early product inception in 2006, Lee Klarich has served as the head of product management at Palo Alto Networks, overseeing the product strategy and roadmap and playing a key role in delivering our Next-Generation Security Platform. In August 2017, he became chief product officer with responsibility for both engineering and product management for the company.

Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he was the director of product management for Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for firewall/VPN platforms and software. He joined Juniper Networks through the NetScreen Technologies acquisition, where he managed the same product line. Previously, he held various positions at Excite@Home and Packard Bell-NEC. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell University.

René Bonvanie

Executive Vice President of Strategic Accounts

René Bonvanie has more than 30 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. He joined Palo Alto Networks as chief marketing officer in 2009 and served as such for a decade before transitioning to his current role as executive vice president of strategic accounts in 2019. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of Marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software, and was senior vice president of Global Marketing at SAP. Earlier, as CMO at Business Objects, René was responsible for all marketing activity, including corporate communications, field marketing, and product marketing. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Veritas Software Corporation. In his 10 years as vice president of Product Marketing at Oracle Corporation, he managed the Oracle database product line, had editorial responsibility for Oracle Magazine and Profit Magazine, and co-founded Oracle's developer program, Oracle Technology Network.

Jean English

Chief Marketing Officer

Jean English joined Palo Alto Networks as chief marketing officer in August 2019. She has more than 20 years of business-to-business marketing experience. Most recently, she served as senior vice president and CMO at NetApp. Previously, Jean spent 17 years at IBM in a variety of roles, including vice president of Global Marketing for IBM Cloud, and led the go-to-market transformation for IBM’s cloud business. During her tenure with IBM, she also served as CMO for IBM Asia Pacific, wherein she was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and citizenship. Jean serves on the board of ATHENA International and is a member of the National Charity League. Both organizations focus on helping women develop and strengthen their leadership skills.

Naveen Zutshi

Chief Information Officer

Naveen Zutshi joined Palo Alto Networks as senior vice president and chief information officer in December 2015. In this role he is responsible for Palo Alto Networks information technology solutions, driving a comprehensive strategy for information technology that will enable the company to rapidly scale, deliver innovative solutions globally and build a world-class IT organization.

Naveen’s experience spans large-scale enterprises to small startups with special focus on applications, software development and IT infrastructure. Prior to joining the Palo Alto Networks team, Naveen was senior vice president, Technology at Gap Inc. where he was responsible for the company’s infrastructure, operations and information security organizations.

Naveen earned a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Bangalore University and an MBA from the University of Arkansas.

Jeff True

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Jeff True has served as vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Palo Alto Networks since March of 2011, and brings a wealth of experience representing technology companies in Silicon Valley. He is responsible for all company legal functions and oversight, including corporate governance, intellectual property, commercial contracts, and litigation. From 2005 to 2010, Jeff was vice president and general counsel at 2Wire, where he was responsible for all legal matters, including the acquisition of the company by Pace, plc in October 2010. Prior to joining 2Wire, he served as associate general counsel at Informatica from 1998 to 2005, and was responsible for public company reporting and compliance, intellectual property, and commercial contracts. He received his B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and his J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Liane Hornsey

Chief People Officer

Liane Hornsey joined Palo Alto Networks as chief people officer in September 2018. Liane previously served as chief people officer at Uber Technologies, Inc. where she helped transform the culture during a period of significant turbulence. Prior to that, she served as chief administrative officer and operating partner at SoftBank Group International. In this role she traveled the globe helping portfolio companies scale and achieve unsurpassed human capital success. For almost ten years before joining SoftBank, Liane led People Operations for Google’s Global Business and became Google’s first female vice president in human resources.

Liane has held senior leadership roles at lastminute.com Group, Virgin Media and BMG Music. Liane is widely recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent practitioners in people operations as well as organization and leadership development.

Liane serves on the board of BUILD, a nonprofit organization that provides real-world entrepreneurial experience to empower youth from under-resourced communities to excel in education, lead in their communities and succeed professionally.

Jean Compeau

Chief Accounting Officer

Jean Compeau joined Palo Alto Networks in 2012. In February 2018, she became chief accounting officer, with continued responsibility for the company's accounting and tax functions. Previously, she served as senior vice president, corporate controller at Palo Alto Networks. Jean also held a variety of senior accounting or corporate controller positions, including at Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Exodus Communications and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Jean holds a B.A. degree in Business Economics from UCLA and is a certified public accountant (inactive) in California.

Vats Srivatsan

Chief Strategy Officer

As chief strategy officer, Vats is responsible for M&A, strategic investments, and developing and driving the company’s corporate strategy. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he led business operations and strategy for Google Cloud, where he created many aspects of the commercial engine to enable Google Cloud to scale from its early startup days to a multibillion business, including pricing of products and large deals, enterprise contracts, global data center footprint expansion, and the Advanced Solutions (AI/ML) lab. Prior to Google, Vats was corporate vice president of strategy at Motorola Mobility and a partner at McKinsey & Company, advising Fortune 1000 CxOs on performance transformations. He has also held operational roles at Dell and Intel. Vats holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.    

Our board of directors

Nikesh Arora

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Nikesh Arora joined as chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in June 2018. Before joining Palo Alto Networks, Nikesh served as president and chief operating officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Google, Inc. during a 10-year span, including senior vice president and chief business officer, president of global sales operations and business development, and president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Nikesh held the role of chief marketing officer for the T-Mobile International Division of Deutsche Telekom AG. He was chief executive officer and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.

Nikesh serves on the board of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A., a public Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company, and Tipping Point, a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Previously, he served on the boards of SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint Corp., Colgate-Palmolive Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, among others. He holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College and a B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University.

Mark D. McLaughlin

Vice Chairman

Mark D. McLaughlin became vice chairman of the board of directors for Palo Alto Networks in June 2018, following his retirement as the company’s chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Mark joined the company as president and chief executive officer in 2011 and became chairman in 2012. Prior to that, he held a number of key positions at Verisign, including serving as chief operating officer, executive vice president of Products and Marketing, and head of the company’s Naming Services business. Prior to Verisign, he was the vice president of Sales and Business Development for Signio, a leading internet payment company. Before joining Signio, he was the vice president of Business Development for Gemplus, the world’s leading smart-card company. Previous to Gemplus, he also served as general counsel of Caere Corporation and practiced law as an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP. 

For nearly a decade, Mark has had the honor of serving as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, a body that for more than 30 years has brought industry chief executives together to provide counsel on national security policy and technical issues to the U.S. president and the national security leadership. Mark has served two-year terms as chairman and vice chairman of the NSTAC. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and earned his Airborne Wings. Mark currently also serves on the board of directors for Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM). 

 

Nir Zuk

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Nir Zuk brings a wealth of network security expertise and industry experience to Palo Alto Networks. Prior to co-founding Palo Alto Networks, Nir was CTO at NetScreen Technologies, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2004. Prior to NetScreen, Nir was co-founder and CTO at OneSecure, a pioneer in intrusion prevention and detection appliances. Nir was also a principal engineer at Check Point Software Technologies, and was one of the developers of stateful inspection technology.

Asheem Chandna

Partner, Greylock Partners

Asheem Chandna (follow on Twitter @chandna) is a Partner at Greylock Partners, where he is focused on the next generation of enterprise companies, including security. He has helped create and grow multiple technology businesses and product lines to market-leading positions – both as a former product executive and as a venture capitalist. His current company boards and/or investments include Avi Networks, Awake Networks, Delphix, Innovium, Obsidian Security, Palo Alto Networks, and Rubrik. Previous company boards and/or investments include Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (INTC), Imperva (IMPV), NetBoost (INTC), Sourcefire (FIRE), PortAuthority Technologies (WBSN), and Securent (CSCO).

Asheem joined Greylock in 2003 from Check Point Software, where he was vice president of business development and product management. During his 6+ year tenure, Check Point grew from $10M to $500M+ in annual revenues. Asheem founded the business development and product management organizations, led corporate marketing during high growth years, and directed Check Point’s product/business strategy, product management, and industry partnerships. Prior to Check Point, Asheem was vice president of marketing with CoroNet Systems (acquired by Compuware), where he helped create and define a new product category for application-aware network monitoring. Previously, Asheem held strategic marketing and product line positions with SynOptics/Bay Networks and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Asheem is a charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, on the panel of judges for the Wall Street Journal Global Technology Innovation Awards, on the advisory board and program committee for the RSA Conference, a mentor at Stanford's StartX student accelerator and part of the VC program at DeVenCI (Defense Venture Capital Initiative). Born and raised in India, Asheem holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

John M. Donovan

Former Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Communications, AT&T Inc.

John Donovan brings decades of top industry experience to the Palo Alto Networks board. Mr. Donovan , now retired, worked at AT&T from April 2008 until October 2019, as chief technology officer, chief strategy officer and group president – AT&T Technology and Operations and as chief executive officer – AT&T Communications. Before joining AT&T, Mr. Donovan was executive vice president of product, sales, marketing, and operations at Verisign. He also has served as chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., and as a partner with Deloitte Consulting where he was the Americas industry practice director for telecom. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Carl Eschenbach

General Partner, Sequoia Capital Operations

Carl Eschenbach brings deep operational expertise to the Palo Alto Networks board. Carl has been a general partner at Sequoia Capital Operations, LLC since April 2016. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital Operations, LLC Carl served as chief operating officer and co-president of VMware, Inc. from December 2012 to February 2016, and previously served as president and chief operating officer from April 2012 to December 2012. Carl had previously served as VMware's co-president, Customer Operations from January 2011 to April 2012, and as VMware's executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations from May 2005 to January 2011. Prior to joining VMware in 2002, he was vice president of North America Sales at Inktomi from 2000 to 2002. In addition to active participation on the Palo Alto Networks board, he currently serves on the board of Zoom Video Communications, Inc. and Workday, Inc. (WDAY). He also held various sales management positions with 3Com Corporation, Lucent Technologies Inc., and EMC.

James J. Goetz

Managing Member, Sequoia Capital

Jim Goetz’ current areas of interest include mobile and enterprise companies. He has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market-leading positions both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. He currently leads Sequoia’s investments in Carbon 3D, Chartboost, Drawbridge, Metaswitch, Palo Alto Networks, Pocket Gems, and Versa. He was previously on the boards of AdMob (GOOG), Barracuda (CUDA), Clearwell (SYMC), Dash (RIM), eMeter (SI), Entrisphere (ERIC), Jive (JIVE), Nimble Storage (NMBL), PeakStream (GOOG), Peribit (JNPR), Rhapsody (BRCD), and Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), and involved with Bluecoat (BCSI), Karma (FB), Timetra (ALU), and TopSpin (CSCO).

Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Jim served as a general partner at Accel Partners. In 1996, he co-founded VitalSigns Software (ALU), where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management with Net.Medic and application performance market with VitalSuite. Prior to VitalSigns, Jim was the vice president of Network Management for Bay Networks (Synoptics).

Jim has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Mary Pat McCarthy

Former Vice Chair, KPMG LLP

Mary Pat McCarthy joined the board of directors and audit committee for Palo Alto Networks in October 2016. She brings more than 34 years of experience to this position. Most recently she served as vice chair of KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of the global audit, tax and advisory services firm.

Starting with KPMG in 1977, she became partner in 1987 and held numerous senior leadership positions at the firm, including executive director of the KPMG Audit Committee Institute, leader of the KPMG Client Care Program, U.S. leader, Industries and Markets, and global leader of Information, Communication and Entertainment Practice.

Mary Pat serves on the board of Micron Technology, Inc. Previously, she served on the boards of Mutual of Omaha and Andeavor Corporation (formerly Tesoro Corporation). She is a member of the Risk Advisory Committee of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), co-chaired the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on talent development, and co-authored multiple books on risk, strategy, and business transformation.

Mary Pat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Creighton University and completed The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s KPMG International Development Program.

Daniel J. Warmenhoven

Former Executive Chairman, NetApp Inc.

Dan Warmenhoven brings decades of top industry experience to the Palo Alto Networks board. He has received the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce, was named one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Networking" by Network World in 2006, and won the prestigious "National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2004. Dan is a director on the board of Avi Networks, Inc., Bechtel Group, Inc. and Cohesity, Inc. Previously, Dan served as chief executive officer of NetApp from 1994 to 2009 and executive chairman of the board of NetApp from August 2009 through September 2014. Under Dan's leadership, NetApp grew to become a multibillion-dollar company and a recognized market leader in networked storage. Dan led the company's initial public offering in November 1995.

He is also vice chairman of the board of the Tech Museum of Innovation, as well as a trustee of Bellarmine College Preparatory, both in San Jose, California. Previously, Dan served as chairman, president, and CEO of Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T.), a telecommunications manufacturer. He has also held senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), and prior to that was employed for 13 years with IBM Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Princeton University.

Lorraine Twohill

Chief Marketing Officer, Google

Lorraine Twohill joined the board of Palo Alto Networks in April 2019. She brings over 25 years of marketing experience as well as strong insight into global issues facing technology companies today. Since June 2009, she has served as Google’s chief marketing officer, overseeing global marketing across all Google products and services. Lorraine joined Google in 2003 and built and ran Google’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Google, Lorraine held various positions, including head of marketing at European travel site Opodo and general manager Northern Europe for the Irish Tourist Board. In 2018, she was named the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year.

Lorraine previously served on the boards of Williams-Sonoma and the Telegraph Media Group. She holds a joint honors degree in international marketing and languages from Dublin City University.

Rt Honorable Sir John Key

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Rt Hon Sir John Key joined the board of Palo Alto Networks in April 2019. He brings an extensive background in foreign affairs as well as his career in investment banking and finance. Sir John is currently retired, most recently having been a member of Parliament for Helensville in New Zealand until 2017, after serving as prime minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016. Prior to working in government, he held various positions in international finance, including roles at Bankers Trust of New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London and Sydney.

Sir John also serves as the chairman and member of the board of directors for ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd., and he is a member of the board of directors for Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. as well as the board of directors for Air New Zealand Ltd., a public domestic and international passenger transport and cargo company.

Sir John holds a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from the University of Canterbury.