Fortinet bolsters channel team with raft of new appointments

Network security firm makes three key channel appointments as part of aggressive expansion

Network security firm Fortinet has significantly expanded its Australian channel team as the company looks to boost growth considerably over the next year.

The company has invested in three additional team members to support its growing channel: Brandon Blume, Regional Account Manager, NSW; Ebony Williams, Regional Account Manager, Southern Region; and Merrilyn Gardiner, Marketing and Channel Account Manager, Northern Region.

They join Genevieve White, Australian Channel Manager and Claire O'Brien Channel Account Manager, Southern Region.

Fortinet vice president of South Pacific Sales, Kevin Dyson, said it was an exciting time for the company in the region.

“We operate 100 per cent through the channel and we work with our partners to target all market segments and verticals, including government, telecommunications and finance,” he said.

“Investing in a strong channel team in Australia is a key element of our business strategy in building and supporting our valued channel community.”

Blume will be responsible for business development and growth within Fortinet's Gold Partner Channel, the company’s top selling partners, in the Northern Region. He will promote partner education enablement and lead the sales cycle with end user clients. Blume has previously worked at Verizon Business, MCI WorldCom and Firewall Systems.

Williams will be responsible for business development and growth within Fortinet's Gold Partner Channel in the Southern Region. She will also promote partner education enablement and lead the sales cycle with end user clients. She has seven years' channel sales experience working with best-of-breed security and networking vendors such as F5, Bluecoat, Tipping Point and Sophos in various distribution roles.

Gardiner will focus on relationship management and working closely with partners promoting innovative security solutions into Fortinet’s Silver and Bronze partner community in NSW, ACT and Queensland. Prior to Fortinet, she was the Mid-Market Channel Manager for Check Point Software Technologies.

The company recently announced its fourth quarter and final year global results.

These included billings of $684.2 million up 14 per cent year-on-year and revenues of $615.3m up 15 per cent year-on-year.

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