SOURCE: Fortinet

February 23, 2009 12:00 ET

Fortinet's Michael Valentine Named a 2009 Channel Chief by Everything Channel's CRN

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2009) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that Michael Valentine vice president, Americas sales and support at Fortinet, has been named a 2009 Channel Chief by Everything Channel's CRN. Channel Chiefs are recognized as influential executives who consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies.

In the two years since Michael Valentine began leading Fortinet's Americas channel organization, he has driven considerable organizational and revenue growth by streamlining and expanding the company's channel sales distribution model. He also led an aggressive charge to improve and develop Fortinet's FortiPartner program by creating additional and more tailored initiatives for all partner levels and segments. Valentine's 2008 results speak for themselves, demonstrated by the 32 percent year-over-year growth in Americas revenue, the 900 new channel partners, and the coveted Best New Vendor award of excellence award from Ingram Micro.

This is the seventh consecutive year that CRN has developed the Channel Chief list. Top Channel Chiefs were chosen based on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.

"I am very pleased and honored by CRN's recognition again this year; it is very satisfying to see the investments our channel team has made pay off through the resounding support of industry leaders and, most importantly, the confidence of our partners," said Michael Valentine, vice president, Americas sales and support, Fortinet. "I have always believed that the most important benefit vendors can offer partners is to create new opportunities for them to work with their customers at a deeper and more rewarding level -- beyond just products, but also through advanced technologies and services opportunities."

"Effective channel executives consistently ensure that the Channel's voice is heard when strategic decisions are being made and continually nurture mutually profitable relationships," said Robert C. DeMarzo, SVP/Editorial Director, Everything Channel. "This year's Channel Chiefs are strong channel advocates and we applaud them for their successful partner programs and strategies."

For additional information on the CRN Channel Chief list, go to

For more information on the FortiPartner program, go to

About Fortinet (

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and antispam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs: Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, Network IPS, and Antispam. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Everything Channel (,

Everything Channel is the one-stop shop for accessing, enabling, managing and accelerating technology sales channels. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative sales and marketing solutions to arm the sellers of technology with the resources they need to achieve measurable and significant results.

About United Business Media Limited (

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $1.6 billion.

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