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Fortinet appoints sector heads to grow telco market share in Southeast Asia & Hong Kong

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 17, 2014
Industry veterans Ng Hwee Boon and Chang Wai Leong tasked to lead business expansion in the managed security services provider (MSSP) and telco data centre spaces respectively


Newly appointed  Regional Directors: Chang Wai Leong on left,  Ng Hwee Boon on right

Fortinet has set up a Carrier & Service Provider division within its Southeast Asia and Hong Kong operations and has appointed Ng Hwee Boon and Chang Wai Leong as Regional Directors to head the division, the network security company announced on January 13.

These appointments are part of Fortinet's strategy to capitalise on the regional carriers' rapid business growth, the company said in a statement.

Both based in Fortinet's regional HQ in Singapore, Ng will spearhead Fortinet's managed security services business while Chang will focus on telco data centres. Between them, Ng and Chang will cover all the markets in Fortinet's Southeast Asia and Hong Kong region.

"Key sectors like telecom, banking and government have become vital pillars of our business as the region grew," said George Chang, Fortinet's VP for Southeast Asia & Hong Kong. "Dedicated regional vertical executives like Ng and Chang - together with local vertical staff we will hire over the coming months - will take Fortinet to the next level in understanding and responding to customers' unique needs in each industry."

Ng and Chang are veterans with more than two decades of experience each in senior business management and sales roles. Ng has worked for SingTel, Tata Communications and Cisco Systems, while Chang has served with SingTel, OpenNet and Conversant Solutions. Both executives have an extensive network of industry contacts and thorough knowledge of sales, channel and support functions in the telecom space.

Regional carriers like SingTel, Maxis, VADS, Globe, Smart and SmarTone bank on Fortinet technology to power their core network and LTE, Gi firewall and mobile deployments.



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