Leadership

elliott-2T. Kent Elliott
CEO and Executive Vice Chairman

A high-tech veteran, Kent brings more than 25 years of industry leadership and experience to ForeScout. Before ForeScout, Kent held a wide range of international executive positions in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe.  His past responsibilities include SVP and general manager of Nokia Internet Communications, CEO and president of Vienna Systems (acquired by Nokia December 1998), vice president of sales and marketing at TMI Communications, and various executive roles at Mitel Corporation.

While at Nokia, Kent grew the company’s Internet Communications group into a world-class network security and virtual private network provider, creating a strong team and an effective global distribution and support network. While President and CEO of Vienna Systems, Vienna became an early global leader in the emerging Voice over IP market for the enterprise and alternate carriers. Under Kent’s leadership, a strong team was created which developed award-winning products and established strong distribution channels in North America, Europe and Asia.

Kent holds an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada with a primary focus on marketing and strategic planning.

 

Oded Comay
CTO, Co-Founder

Oded Comay has more than 26 years of experience in network communication protocols and operating systems, and is a leading authority in the Israeli networking community. He previously managed the Tel Aviv University systems group, and was responsible for the main Internet Service Providing facility of the Israeli academic institutes. Designed and implemented BandWiz – the Israeli universities bandwidth management system. Oded was a Co-Founder of TapGuard Technologies (acquired by Elron Software). Oded holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.

 

Criss HarmsChristopher Harms
CFO

Criss Harms is responsible for ForeScout’s finance and operations, and brings more than 21 years of executive management experience. Previously, he served as CFO for Socialware a leading social business solution provider.  Prior to that, Criss was CFO of PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Transitive Corporation (acquired by IBM) and Counterpane, an information security services firm (acquired by British Telecom). Criss has held senior finance positions at several prosperous venture-funded technology companies, including Sentient Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Apptitude (acquired by Hi/fn) along with holding divisional financial positions at Hewlett Packard. Criss earned his CPA while at Ernst & Young in San Francisco, and he holds an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a B.S. degree in accounting and finance from UC Berkeley.

 

Brant Kennedy
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Support

Brant Kennedy is responsible for all revenue generating activities and service programs at Forescout; accelerating global sales, growing our distribution and delivering superior support. Brant provides the strategic direction for sales, sales engineering, channels and support services. With over 22 years of experience in IT networking and security, he has built highly effective enterprise sales organizations in government, commercial and global account markets at startups and large market leaders. Prior to ForeScout, Brant held executive and sales leadership positions at Sybase, Orchestria, Nokia and Cabletron. Brant earned his BS in Consumer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Scott Gordon
Chief Marketing Officer

Scott Gordon heads up global marketing strategy and execution across communications and branding, products, lead generation and sales enablement, inside sales and channel programs. Scott brings over 22 years of industry experience and accomplishments. Previously, Scott was vice president of marketing at AccelOps, a network, security and cloud monitoring vendor. Prior to that, Scott was vice president of marketing at SIEM vendor Protego Networks (acquired by Cisco). Scott has held executive and management roles at NeoScale (acquired by nCipher), Axent (InternetTools acquisition), McAfee, Cheyenne and CA. He is CISSP certified and holds an MBA in marketing, as well as bachelor degrees in marketing and MIS from Hofstra University.

 

Doron Shikmoni
Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder

Doron brings more than 30 years of technical and managerial IT experience. He is a leading authority in the Israeli Internet security and networking community. Prior to founding ForeScout, Doron has spent many years in the academic networking arena, and was one of the Internet pioneers in Israel – he was the the architect of the Israeli government’s secured Internet gateway. Doron has been providing consultation to various government organizations and companies and has been serving on the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee since its inception. He is a co-founder and former president of the Israeli chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC–IL), which, among other things, operates IIX – the Israeli Internet exchange and the .il ccTLD registry.

 

Gilad Walden
Vice President, Products

Gilad Walden brings more than 15 years of R&D and product management experience to his role as vice president of Products at ForeScout, with special emphasis on developing enterprise-grade software solutions. Prior to joining ForeScout, Gilad held a number of progressively responsible positions at NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) with specific focus in the area of software development for video surveillance and security situational awareness systems.

Gilad earned his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and his MBA from the Open University.

 

Paul Phillips
Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development

Paul Phillips is responsible for corporate and business development at ForeScout. Prior to joining ForeScout, he held senior management positions in the technology investment banking groups of Citigroup, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. In his 20 plus year career in investment banking, he focused on the enterprise software sector and completed transactions for IBM, Microsoft, Checkpoint and Symantec among others. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 

Darren J. Milliken
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Darren J. Milliken brings 20 plus years of executive legal, business and compliance experience to ForeScout and is responsible for legal and compliance functions at a global level. Previously, he spent 10 years with Accuray Inc., a medical device company, where he most recently served as senior vice president and general counsel. During his 20 year career, he has held senior management positions at Sanmina-SCI Corp., Voyan Technology and was in private practice at the law firm of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP. Mr. Milliken holds a B.A. in physics from Washington & Jefferson College and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.

 

Ori Naishtein
Vice President, R&D

Ori Naishtein brings over 16 years of managerial and technical experience in developing networking and CAD software. Earlier in his career, Ori served in a number of roles at Tecnomatix (NASDQ: TCNO) and at Avaya. Ori holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University.

 

Zohar Gillai
Vice President, Global Services and Support

Zohar Gillai brings over 19 years of leadership experience in professional services,
customer support and pre-sales engineering support. She has held senior management positions  at Mercury Interactive, Newbridge Networks and most recently, Tropos Networks. Zohar holds  a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics from the University of Haifa, Israel, and an M.Sc. in Computer  Science from McGill University, Canada.

 

Hanan Levin
Vice President, Business Development

Hanan Levin brings over 15 years of experience in delivering innovative global enterprise solutions and spearheading technology partnerships. Prior to ForeScout, he was part of the Check Point R&D team developing the market leading Firewall-1, VPN-1 and Provider-1 solutions, where he managed various products and orchestrated the Check Point-Nokia joint venture. Hanan was Director of Product Management at TriSixty Security. Hanan holds an MBA and B.Sc. in Computer Science, both from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

 

Gil Friedrich
Vice President, Technology

Gil Friedrich is responsible for assessing integration partnerships and OEM activity at ForeScout. In this role, Gil identifies market opportunities and scopes requirements that leverage ForeScout’s technology. Before taking this position, Gil served as ForeScout’s VP of R&D and headed ForeScout’s engineering team for 6 years. Gil brings over 16 years of managerial and technical experience in developing networking software. Gil holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University (Cum Laude) and a B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University (Cum Laude).