Board of Directors
The Palo Alto Networks founders, management team, and board of directors have been key drivers of some of the most important network security companies and related technologies in the last 15+ years, including the invention of stateful inspection, hardware-based security, and intrusion prevention. The engineering team brings a proven track record in delivering high quality networking and security solutions at companies like Check Point, NetScreen, McAfee, Juniper Networks, Cisco, and many others.
Chairman, President and CEO
Mark D. McLaughlin joined as president and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in August of 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in 2012.
Before coming to Palo Alto Networks, Mark served as President and CEO of Verisign. 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.
President Barack Obama appointed Mark to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) in January, 2011. In 2014, President Obama appointed Mark to the position of 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 an Army Commendation Medal and Airborne Wings. Mark currently serves on the board of directors for Opower (NYSE:OPWR) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM).
Founder and CTO
Nir Zuk founded Palo Alto Networks in 2005 and has served on the board since its inception. Nir 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.
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 AppDynamics, Aquantia, Delphix, Imperva (NYSE: IMPV), Palo Alto Networks, Sumo Logic, TechProcess Solutions, Xsigo Systems, and Zenprise. Previous company boards and/or investments include Aruba Networks (ARUN), CipherTrust (INTC), 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 Point¹s 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 Donovan brings decades of top industry experience to the Palo Alto Networks board. Mr. Donovan has worked at AT&T since April 2008, first as Chief Technology Officer and currently as Senior Executive Vice President – AT&T Technology and Network Operations. 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 M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Director and member of the Audit Committee
Carl Eschenbach brings deep operational expertise to the Palo Alto Networks board. Carl was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Co-President of VMware, Inc. in April 2012, and became President and Chief Operating Officer in 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. He also held various sales management positions with 3Com Corporation, Lucent Technologies Inc., and EMC.
Partner, Sequoia Capital
Jim’s 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 Appirio, Barracuda, Drawbridge, Flite, Jive (JIVE), Metaswitch, Nimble Storage, Palo Alto Networks, Pocket Gems, Sencha, and WhatsApp. He was previously on the boards of AdMob (GOOG), Clearwell (SYMC), Dash (RIM), eMeter (SI), Entrisphere (ERIC), PeakStream (GOOG), Peribit (JNPR), and Rhapsody (BRCD), 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 BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Stanley J. Meresman
Stan Meresman joined the Palo Alto networks board in September 2014. Stan has served on the boards of directors of a number of public and private companies, including service as chair of the audit committee for several companies. He served as a member of the board of directors of Riverbed Technologies, Inc. from March 2005 - May 2012 and of Meru Networks, Inc. from September 2010 - May 2013. He was a Venture Partner with Technology Crossover Ventures, a private equity firm, from January 2004 through December 2004 and was General Partner and COO of Technology Crossover Ventures from November 2001 - December 2003.
During the four years prior to joining Technology Crossover Ventures, Stan was a private investor and board member and advisor to several technology companies. From May 1989 - May 1997, he was the Senior Vice President and CFO of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Prior to Silicon Graphics, he was Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO of Cypress Semiconductor. Stan currently serves as on the board of directors, and chair of the audit committee, of both LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zynga Inc. (ZNGA); and as a director of several private companies.
Stan holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, awarded in 1972, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, awarded in 1968.
Lead Independent Director
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 executive chairman of the Board of Directors at NetApp and is a director on the boards of Bechtel Group, Inc. and Aruba Networks, Inc. Previously, Dan served as chief executive officer of NetApp from 2005 to 2009 and president and CEO from 1994 to 2005. 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.