Board of Directors

The Palo Alto Networks® board of directors bring a diverse set of experiences and proven market success to Palo Alto networks, and have been key drivers of some of the most important network companies and security-related technologies in the last 20+ years.


Mark D. McLaughlin, chairman and chief executive officer

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.

For nearly a decade, Mark has had the honor of serving as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), 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 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 serves on the board of directors for Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM).



Nir Zuk, founder, chief technology officer and director

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.



Frank Calderoni, president and chief executive officer, Anaplan, Inc.

Frank Calderoni brings to the Palo Alto Networks board more than 30 years of strategic business insight and technology experience. Since January 2017, he has served as president and chief executive officer of Anaplan, Inc. From June 2015 to January 2017, he served as executive vice president, operations and CFO of Red Hat Inc. From May 2004 to January 2015, he held various positions at Cisco Systems Inc., including executive vice president and CFO. Frank also held executive positions at QLogic Corp., SanDisk Corp. and IBM Corp. over a number of years.

In addition to active participation on the Palo Alto Networks board, he currently serves on the board of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Frank holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Fordham University and an MBA from Pace University.



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, Rubrik, and Skyhigh Networks. 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, 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 has worked at AT&T since April 2008, as chief technology officer, chief strategy officer and group president – AT&T Technology and Operations and currently 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.. 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, GitHub, 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.

In addition to serving on boards and audit committees for Andeavor Corporation (formerly Tesoro Corporation) and Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Mary Pat is a member of the Risk Advisory Committee of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She also 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.



Stanley J. Meresman, former venture partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

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. In addition to active participation on the Palo Alto Networks board, he currently serves on the board of Snap, Inc. and Nutanix. He served as a member of the board of directors of LinkedIn from October 2010 to December 2016, Zynga Inc. from June 2011 to June 2015, Meru Networks, Inc. from September 2010 to May 2013, and Riverbed Technologies, Inc. from March 2005 to May 2012. 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 to 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 to 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 on the board of directors of several private companies.

Stan holds an MBA. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.



Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior vice president, Ads & Commerce at Google Inc.

Sridhar Ramaswamy joined our board of directors and nominating and corporate governance committee in August 2017.  He has held various leadership roles in Google Inc.’s engineering group since 2003 and currently serves as senior vice president of Ads & Commerce, a position he has held since March 2013. Prior to serving in this role, from April 2011 to March 2013, he served as Google’s senior vice president of Engineering, and from November 2008 to March 2011, he served as vice president of Engineering at Google. Prior to his appointment as vice president, Engineering, he held other roles within Google’s engineering group.   

Prior to Google, Sridhar served in engineering and other technical roles at E.piphany Inc., Bell Laboratories, Inc., and Telcordia Technologies, Inc. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from the India Institute of Technology, Madras India and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Brown University. Sridhar has published numerous papers on database systems and database theory, and holds several patents in that area.



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 Theranos, 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.