Fortinet, AWS appoint country managers for PH operations

Enterprise security firm Fortinet and cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) have named their respective country managers for the Philippines.

Fortinet Philippines country manager Louie Castaneda

Fortinet, in a statement, announced that it has appointed Mario Luis “Louie” Castaneda to lead Fortinet Philippines as country manager.

Cloud powerhouse AWS, on the other hand, has appointed Stephen “Tep” Misa as its top local executive who will look after the company’s operations in the Philippines.

Interestingly, both Castaneda and Misa are former country managers of the local office of network equipment maker Cisco. In fact, Castaneda succeeded Misa as country manager when the latter’s term ended in 2014.

Prior to Fortinet, Castaneda also worked in senior sales and channel management roles in technology companies like Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and Fujitsu.

A licensed electronics engineer, Castaneda has engaged in systems and network engineering, IT planning and design, presales and technical consulting earlier in his career.

“This is an exciting time to join Fortinet,” said Castaneda. “In the Philippines and globally, there are tremendous opportunities to drive greater cybersecurity demand and adoption with the unique value propositions offered by our Security Fabric.”

Castaneda graduated from Don Bosco Technical College with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and also completed the academic requirements for his MBA in De La Salle University.

Misa, meanwhile, joined Voyager Innovations and Smart Communications of the PLDT Group as vice president after leaving Cisco. Prior to that, he also held major positions at Oracle and Microsoft Philippines.

He obtained his computer science degree from the De La Salle University in Manila.

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