Palo Alto Networks Appoints Steffan Tomlinson as Chief Financial Officer

Feb 02, 2012, 13:30 ET from Palo Alto Networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks™, the network security company, today announced that it has appointed Steffan Tomlinson as its new chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately.

During his career, Steffan has worked at a number of high-growth market leading companies.  Most notably, from 2005 to 2011, he served as chief financial officer of Aruba Networks and was instrumental in both their Initial Public Offering and helping the company scale to facilitate growth. From 2000 to 2005, he was the first non-founder employee and, ultimately, chief financial officer of Peribit Networks.

"Palo Alto Networks has experienced tremendous growth over the past years and is well-positioned for the future," said Mark McLaughlin, chief executive officer and president at Palo Alto Networks. "I am delighted that Steffan is joining us.  His proven ability to manage growth through a transition from the private to the public markets, combined with his passion for innovation and focus on customer success, make him a great fit for our long-term strategy."

"I am excited to join the team at Palo Alto Networks and help build on what is already a great foundation," said Steffan Tomlinson. "The company is uniquely positioned in the network security market and its family of next-generation firewalls has enabled the company to become the market leader."

Michael Lehman, Palo Alto Networks CFO since April 2010, will assist during the transition. "Michael has been a highly effective leader during his nearly two years here; he has hired and developed an excellent team and has helped us markedly improve our business, processes, and infrastructure. On behalf of everyone at Palo Alto Networks, I want to thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors," added Mark McLaughlin.

About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks™ is the network security company. Its next-generation firewalls enable unprecedented visibility and granular policy control of applications and content – by user, not just IP address – at up to 20Gbps with no performance degradation. Based on patent-pending App-ID™ technology, Palo Alto Networks firewalls accurately identify and control applications – regardless of port, protocol, evasive tactic or SSL encryption – and scan content to stop threats and prevent data leakage. Enterprises can for the first time embrace Web 2.0 and maintain complete visibility and control, while significantly reducing total cost of ownership through device consolidation. Most recently, Palo Alto Networks has enabled enterprises to extend this same network security to remote users with the release of GlobalProtect™ and to combat targeted malware with its WildFire™ service. For more information, visit

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