Industry veteran Frank Rauch, most recently of Check Point Software, has agreed to join Cato Networks as the Tel Aviv-based networking and security company’s new Global Channel Chief.
As Global Channel Chief, Rauch will be responsible for driving the channel ecosystem globally. With more than 30 years of leadership experience, he has successfully led, developed, managed, and grown global partner ecosystems at Check Point, VMware, and HPE. He has also led field sales, inside sales and strategy organizations. He and his teams have been recognized with over 150 channel awards, and he has been personally recognized with 17 CRN Channel Chiefs awards, Lifetime Achievement award, and has been ranked consistently in the 50 Most Influential Executives.
“The cloud is the enterprise’s present and future; appliances are its past,” said Rauch. “Forward-thinking channel partners know their future lies in the cloud, but they need the right platform and technology partner to profit from the cloud.”
“I’m excited to welcome Frank to the Cato team,” said Alon Alter, Chief Revenue Officer of Cato Networks. “SASE is the future of enterprise networking and security. With the Cato SASE Cloud, partners can get to market quickly with new reoccurring revenue streams, delivering differentiated converged enterprise networking and security capabilities and value-added support services.”
Cato Networks has also recently hired Robert Holley as the AVP for VAR, Resellers, and Service Providers, Americas. Shane Hallen has joined Cato as Director of Service Provider Sales, Americas; and Paolo Maestripie has joined the company as Director of Service Provider Sales, EMEA.
Rounding out the leadership changes, Cato veterans, Ron Hamlett and Mark Draper have been promoted to AVP for Channel Sales Americas and EMEA, respectively.
As SASE and SSE have gained traction among enterprises, Cato has seen increased interest from service providers and other channel partners. Expansion of the channel leadership team is expected to help augment those alliances.