Cybersecurity firm Fortinet has appointed senior Cisco executive Vishak Raman as the Vice President for Sales in India, SAARC. In this role, Vishak will provide leadership guidance to the sales team, channel partners and distributors, said a statement.
Vishak replaces Rajesh Maurya who has been heading the Fortinet India business for over five years. Maurya will move into a new role within Fortinet, the company said it will make the announcement in the coming weeks.
“We are pleased to welcome back Vishak Raman to head Fortinet business in India, SAARC and Southeast Asia region. He brings along tremendous experience and cybersecurity market insights to add to our leadership team,” said Joe Sarno, Sr. Vice President of International Sales – Emerging & APJ at Fortinet.
“Vishak Raman will be a key contributor as we continue to consolidate our leadership position and drive future growth in key areas such as the convergence of security and networking, continued expansion of the Security Fabric mesh platform and adoption of our Secure SD-WAN, SD-Branch, Adaptive Cloud, and OT,” Joe said.
More recently, Vishak was Director of Cisco's Security business for the India and SAARC region. Prior to Cisco, Vishak was the Senior Regional Director (India & SAARC) at FireEye. He was also the Global Head of Content Delivery Network (CDN) & Managed Security Services (MSS) business at Tata Communications for three years.
Before joining Tata Communications, Vishak was the Senior Regional Director for Fortinet and is credited with having built Fortinet's Unified Threat Management success story in India and SAARC for 10 years. He was instrumental in setting up the first-of-its-kind Global Technical Assistance Center in Bangalore to support Fortinet's customers worldwide. Vishak has also worked at WatchGuard, Sify and HCL Technologies.
“I look forward to working with the sales team, channel partners and distributors to secure networks from the expanding attack surface, increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and address network security complexity challenges that most organizations face,” said Vishak.
“Given our leadership in security innovation, we have a robust pipeline and strong business momentum and are well-positioned to continue the solid growth for several more years in this market,” he said.
Vishak holds an engineering degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from IIM Ahmedabad.