Management Team

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.


Nir Zuk

Founder and CTO

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.


Mark D. McLaughlin

Chairman, President, and CEO

Mark D. McLaughlin joined as president and CEO of Palo Alto Networks in August of 2011. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Palo Alto Networks.


Before coming to Palo Alto Networks, Mark served as President and CEO of Verisign. He held a number of key positions at Verisign from 2000 to 2007, 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, and was instrumental in driving the acquisition of Signio by Verisign in 1999. 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 2013, the NSTAC Committee  appointed Mark to the position of Vice Chairman. 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.


Rajiv Batra

Founder and Senior Vice President, Engineering

Rajiv Batra has extensive experience managing engineering teams through times of strong growth. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he was the Vice President of Engineering at Peribit, which was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2005. While at Peribit, Rajiv assembled a strong engineering team developing best-in-class application acceleration platforms. Rajiv also co-founded VitalSigns Software and served as Vice President of Engineering at Bay Networks.


René Bonvanie

Chief Marketing Officer

René Bonvanie has more than 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. Most recently, 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.


Brett Eldridge

Vice President of Global Customer Engineering & Support

Brett has more than 20 years of experience working in security and networking startups and managing customer-facing technical organizations. Prior to Palo Alto Networks he was at Infoblox, where he was responsible for product management and marketing for three years, and managed systems engineering and professional services for two years. Before joining Infoblox, Brett was responsible for the enterprise systems engineering team at Juniper. He joined Juniper Networks through the NetScreen Technologies acquisition, and managed worldwide field engineering. Prior to NetScreen Technologies, he was a co-founder and vice-president of operations at OneSecure, and also held consulting positions at Hewlett Packard. Brett holds an MBA and BSEE from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.


Mark Anderson

Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations

Mark Anderson has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations at Palo Alto Networks since June of 2012. Previously, Mark was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at F5 Networks, where he oversaw all sales activities for the company beginning in 2007. Prior to joining F5 in 2004, he served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales at Lucent Technologies. Mark has also held sales leadership positions at RadioFrame Networks and Comdisco. He served as the Western United States Regional Sales Director for Cisco Systems from 1997 to 2001.  Mark is actively involved at the University of Washington:  he is a member of the UW Tyee Board of Advisors and is a founding member of the Advisory Board to the Foster School of Business' Sales Certificate Program. Anderson holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from York University in Toronto.


Lee Klarich

Senior Vice President of Product Management

Lee Klarich brings a strong track record in network security product management to Palo Alto Networks. Lee was Director of Product Management for Juniper Networks, where was he responsible for firewall/VPN platforms and software. He joined Juniper Networks through the NetScreen Technologies acquisition, where he managed the same product line. Prior to NetScreen Technologies, Lee held various positions at Excite@Home and Packard Bell-NEC.


Steffan Tomlinson

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Steffan Tomlinson brings deep financial and operational management experience to Palo Alto Networks and oversees the company's finance, accounting, IT, and manufacturing functions. Steffan served as Chief Financial Officer of Aruba Networks and was instrumental in both their Initial Public Offering and helping the company scale to facilitate growth. From 2000 to 2005, he was the first non-founder employee and, ultimately, Chief Financial Officer of Peribit Networks. He earned an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA from Trinity College.


Chad Kinzelberg

Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development

Chad Kinzelberg has a strong track record in leadership roles at top-tier technology and venture capital firms. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Chad served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of SSL at VeriSign, where he managed the company’s flagship security business. Chad also was a Partner at Scale Venture Partners, focusing on Internet and enterprise software companies. Chad has served in other general management roles as CEO of Santa Cruz Networks, and as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Corel. Before these roles, Chad led marketing for several software companies including Caere (now called Nuance) and Delrina (acquired by Symantec). He earned an MBA from Rice University and B.A. with Honors from Claremont McKenna College.


Jeff True

Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

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.