Fortinet Continues Strong UK Growth With New Additions
Security Vendor Looks to Double European Headcount by Mid-2005
LONDON, October 5th 2004 - Fortinet – the confirmed market leader in Unified Threat Management and only provider of ASIC-accelerated, network-based antivirus firewall systems for real-time network protection – – is continuing to expand its UK operations with two senior appointments. Darren Turnbull and Kevin Pask have joined the company to support the weight of increasing sales opportunities through the channel.
With over 20 years in the data communications industry, Darren Turnbull joins Fortinet from CoSine Communications as Chief Systems Engineer (Service Providers/Carriers) and is looking forward to the challenges of his new role: “It’s an extremely exciting time to be joining the fastest growing security company in the world. I’ll be putting all of my technical and managerial experience to good use as we approach our future goals.”
Ex-Foundry Networks Sales Manager Kevin Pask joins Fortinet with a highly impressive sales record, and will work alongside follow recruit Turnbull: “Fortinet is a very attractive company to join, and has a compelling proposition for all manner of corporate users. The team here is ambitious about leading the UK and European security markets.”
“With these appointments we’ve recruited experience, personality and proven success in penetrating large enterprise and service provider opportunities alongside sales partners,” said Jens Andreassen, Fortinet’s vice president of international sales. “We are growing rapidly to meet the significant customer demand for our market-leading antivirus firewalls, and in the next two quarters expect to add another four offices in Rome, Milan, Copenhagen and Madrid. In total, we are planning to double the sales headcount in Europe over the next 2-3 quarters and add markedly to our global team which currently stands at over 500 employees.”
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These appointments occur alongside the September launch of Fortinet’s FortiGate™ 5000 Series of antivirus firewall systems for service providers and large enterprises (see: http://www.fortinet.com/news/pr/2004/pr091304.html), and the company’s commitment to work with channel partners to achieve reoccurring revenue streams from additional services.
Also in September, global technology analysts IDC named Fortinet as leader in the Unified Threat Management (UTM) security market. Data from report #31840, titled “2003 Threat Management Security Appliance Market”, shows that Fortinet holds 29.5% of the UTM security market – the leading share of a new category consisting of integrated multi-function security appliances (http://www.fortinet.com/news/pr/2004/pr092204.html).
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About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
Fortinet is the confirmed leader of the Unified Threat Management market. The company's award-winning FortiGate™ series of ASIC-accelerated antivirus firewalls, winner of the 2004 Security Product of the Year Award from Network Computing and the 2003 Networking Industry Awards Firewall Product of the Year, are the new generation of real-time network protection systems. They detect and eliminate the most damaging, content-based threats from e-mail and Web traffic such as viruses, worms, intrusions, inappropriate Web content and more in real time – without degrading network performance. FortiGate systems are the only security products that are quadruple-certified by the ICSA (antivirus, firewall, IPSec, NIDS), and deliver a full range of network-level and application-level services in integrated, easily managed platforms. Named to the Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies, Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.
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