Year Joined

  • 2010

Areas of Expertise

  • Business 


  • Ken Xie outlines four fundamental challenges for cybersecurity leaders

    January 13, 2020  |  World Economic Forum

  • Ken Xie named Glassdoor Top CEO in 2019 in Canada

    June 19, 2019  |  Yahoo Finance

  • Ken Xie keynotes Accelerate 19 and discusses advances in mobile and cloud technology

    April 10, 2019  |  CRN

  • Ken Xie Fortinet’s Accelerate Global Conference to convene over 3,000 security leaders

    March 27, 2019  |  GlobeNewswire

  • Ken Xie and his brother build billion-dollar fortunes in Silicon Valley with network security software firm Fortinet

    February 09, 2019  |  South China Morning Post

  • Ken Xie ’s Fortinet serves as a Founding Partner of World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity

    January 02, 2019  |  GlobeNewswire

  • Ken Xie interviewed on evolution of the network security market

    June 28, 2017  |  CRN

  • Ken Xie represents the heights of Silicon Valley Chinese entrepreneurs

    May 04, 2017  |  People's Daily

  • Ken Xie announces Fortinet’s 2016 partners of the year

    January 17, 2017  |  Channel EMEA

  • Ken Xie shares insights on leadership and innovation

    August 12, 2016  |  Fortinet

  • Ken Xie Fortinet, founded by Ken Xie, featured among Wall Street’s favored names in security

    August 16, 2016  |  Wall Street Journal


Ken Xie Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fortinet


Founder, President & CEO


As Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fortinet (NASDAQ:FTNT), one of the top 3 network security companies in the world, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designed software firewall product while he was studying at Stanford University. A few years later, he realized the performance limitations of a software firewall running on PC/server, and then started NetScreen in 1996 as founder, president and CEO. Ken lead NetScreen developed industry’s first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high performance firewall and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) later was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion. In 2000, after recognizing that firewall and VPNs alone cannot stop content and application security attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam and malicious Web content, Ken founded Fortinet, which pioneered Unified Threat Management (UTM). Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is market leader in UTM, and completed an initial public offering in November 2009, which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as “2009 IPO of the Year.”

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. Ken is a member of National Academy of Engineering for his contributions in cyber-security; a state registered Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering; and holds certificates of Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University.

Business success and technology innovation has garnered Ken numerous patents and accolades. In 2013, Frost & Sullivan named Ken as Legends of Silicon Valley, He was also recognized as a Top 5 Entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2005, top 25 Chinese-Americans in Business by Forbes in 2010 and “Father of UTM” by InfoSecurity cover story in 2011. In 2006, Ken was named Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and Time Magazine.


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