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New Marketing chief hired at Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks : 24 September, 2009  (Company News)
Next generation firewall provider Palo Alto Networks has named its new Head of Worldwide Marketing
Palo Alto Networks, a supplier of next-generation firewalls, has named former senior vice president of marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software René Bonvanie as its new head of worldwide marketing.

"The addition of this proven senior marketing executive further strengthens the leadership team of Palo Alto Networks," said Palo Alto Networks CEO Lane Bess. "The company has clearly moved to the next level as an international company, and we will rely on René's knowledge and expertise as we continue to expand and deliver our innovative firewall products to enterprises, addressing their complex security needs while simplifying infrastructure and saving costs. He has a tremendous track record of growing companies in a variety of enterprise technology markets, and we are thrilled to have him aboard."

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls address the complexity of managing and controlling network security threats. With fine-grained application visibility and control, Palo Alto Networks' firewalls enable businesses to embrace new enterprise and consumer applications, while managing the associated risks. Businesses and channel partners have recognized the infrastructure consolidation power of Palo Alto Networks' award-winning firewalls, and the ability to manage risks not addressed by traditional firewalls or the numerous point product security solutions.

"I am excited to join this strong team and build upon the industry position already achieved by Palo Alto Networks," said Mr. Bonvanie. "Palo Alto Networks clearly has a differentiated solution for helping customers secure and enable their businesses, while dramatically reducing costs. I'm pleased to help lead the company in advancing this technology to enterprises and partners worldwide."

Mr. Bonvanie brings more than 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in the enterprise technology industry to Palo Alto Networks. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software. Before Serena, Mr. Bonvanie was senior vice president of global marketing at SAP. Earlier in his career, he served as chief marketing officer at Business Objects, where he was responsible for all marketing activity, including corporate communications, field marketing, and product marketing. Earlier, Mr. Bonvanie served as senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Veritas Software Corporation, where he led the company's marketing and corporate communications around the globe. Prior to Veritas, he served for nearly 10 years as vice president of product marketing at Oracle Corporation where 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. Mr. Bonvanie started his career at Ingres where we worked for 8 years and held senior roles in sales and marketing. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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