Lief is a long-time veteran of the channel and currently serves as the head of NA Channel Marketing for Fortinet. Prior to Fortinet, Lief helped HPE develop a new channel from an acquired security company into HPE’s overall channel business. Lief also served in various channel roles for 8 years at Cisco with a focus on the SMB segment.  

With a strong background in sales, Lief called on distribution and partners as a sales person for several disk drive companies. He attributes his success in both sales and marketing of technology to his engineering education. He believes that a strong channel provides the foundation for a company on which to build its sales. 

Lief lives with his wife, Paula, two golden retrievers and a horse outside of Monterey, CA.  In his spare time, he is a geek and enjoys learning about python, IoT and AngularJS.  He also enjoys music, loves wine and cooking, frequently combining all three with his wife for a lovely dinner.