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September 17, 2014 09:00 ET

Fortinet's Bryan Wood Named Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive for 2014 by Midsize Enterprise Summit

Wood Is Recognized by The Channel Company for His Leadership That Has Helped Drive Sales, Increase Profitability and Expand Footprint With Midmarket Enterprise Customers

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2014) - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) -- a global leader in high-performance network security, announced today that Bryan Wood has been named to this year's Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive list, featuring the industry's most influential vendor executives who serve midmarket and midsize customers. The list shines a spotlight on the professionals driving one of the most important customer segments in the industry today. 

Since stepping up to his role in 2013, Wood has been instrumental in expanding company presence in the midmarket and making new inroads with midsize customers. In July, Wood helped oversee Fortinet's continued midmarket push with the launch of two new next-generation firewall platforms -- the FortiGate-300D and FortiGate-500D -- which provided mid-enterprises with five times next-generation performance, as well as advanced threat protection capabilities and easy to manage functionality at an affordable price point. Fortinet also forged new paths in the midmarket under Wood's leadership again in August 2014, when the company unveiled six new products under the moniker of "Connected UTM," incorporating FortiGate Unified Threat Management (UTM), FortiWiFi and FortiPresence analytics solutions, which catered to midmarket branch offices, retail and other distributed enterprises.

"I am honored to be included in the Channel Company's Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive list," said Bryan Wood, vice president of US channels and mid-enterprise sales for Fortinet. "This recognition speaks to Fortinet's ongoing demonstrated commitment to the midsize enterprise and midmarket customers. Midmarket organizations constantly face a balancing act between quality, high-performance solutions and affordability. Fortinet fulfills both needs. We're continuing our efforts to expand our presence in this dynamic and evolving space by offering high-performance, enterprise-class products coupled with competitive pricing, so customers can continue to be protected against today's advanced threats."

"The executives named and the companies they represent serve the midmarket with unwavering commitment, and are dedicated to creating solutions that meet the unique needs of this market," said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president of strategic content, XChange Events. "Our Midsize Enterprise Summit is an ideal venue to honor these deserving leaders, and we congratulate each executive on their success."

The Top 50 Midmarket IT Vendor Executive list was unveiled at the Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES), September 14-16 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, TX. In addition, the list of executives is featured in a slideshow on CRN.com, a leading source for IT industry news. Visit http://www.xchange-events.com/mes50 for access to the slideshow.

XChange Events
Part of The Channel Company family, XChange Events connects sellers and users of technology through a diverse number of live and virtual events, designed to help attendees share best practices, network with peers and gain exclusive market intelligence from industry editors and analysts. Organized into three categories, XChange Events offers channel events, IT executive events and on demand virtual events to address every aspect of today's evolving IT market. For more information, please visit: http://www.xchange-events.com/

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) helps protect networks, users and data from continually evolving threats. As a global leader in high-performance network security, we enable businesses and governments to consolidate and integrate stand-alone technologies without suffering performance penalties. Unlike costly, inflexible and low-performance alternatives, Fortinet solutions empower customers to embrace new technologies and business opportunities while protecting essential systems and content. Learn more at www.fortinet.com.

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