The Company Speaker's Bureau
Edward Cohen, Vice President, Corporate Development
As vice president of corporate development, Edward Cohen is responsible for driving the company's strategic process to identify, evaluate and integrate organic and inorganic business growth options, including mergers & acquisitions, partnerships and alliances. In this role, Mr. Cohen has architected a turnaround strategy to significantly expand SonicWALL's total available market in several new growth segments, resulting in four successful acquisitions. With over 18 years of international business experience, he has held positions in M&A, venture capital, corporate strategy, new business development, program management, marketing, financial management and acquisition integration.
Prior to SonicWALL, Mr. Cohen was the director of mergers & acquisitions and business development at Philips Electronics, where he led and executed all aspects of the company's external investment strategy, resulting in more than a dozen emerging technology investments with a combined market capitalization of over $12B. Before Philips, Mr. Cohen led corporate strategy for the $10B aerospace division of AlliedSignal (currently Honeywell).
In August 2001, Mr. Cohen was named one of "Silicon Valley's Most Notable MBA Alumni" by Silicon Valley Business Ink. He holds an MBA in international strategic management from Duke University, and received his CPA certification in the state of Maryland.
Patrick Sweeney, Vice President of Product Management and Corporate Marketing
Patrick Sweeney has over 18 years experience in high tech product marketing, product management, corporate marketing and sales development. Currently, Mr. Sweeney is SonicWALL's Vice President of the Network Security Business Unit. Previous positions include Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Minerva Networks, Senior Manager of Product Marketing & Solutions Marketing for Silicon Graphics Inc, Director of Worldwide Sales & Marketing for Articulate Systems, and Senior Product Line Manager for Apple Computer. Mr. Sweeney holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, CA.
Boris Yanovsky, Vice President of Software Engineering
Boris Yanovsky has an extensive background in engineering and management with focus on Networking and Security. Mr. Yanovsky leads the development of SonicWALL Security Services and Content Management. In this role he pioneered the development of Deep Packet Inspection Infrastructure – the core technology for all SonicWALL products and Services. Before joining SonicWALL Mr. Yanovsky was a founder of NetManage Inc., where he spend 6 years helping to grow the company from a 3-man operation through a successful IPO. While at NetManage he developed industry leading TCP/IP and NFS technologies, including the first TCP/IP implementation for Windows. Prior to NetManage Mr. Yanovsky was a lead engineer, working as a subcontractor, on a "Red Phone" project for the US Air Force (RTSS program). Mr. Yanovsky holds multiple patents and is a significant force in Standards development. He was a leading contributor to Windows Sockets Standard (WinSock). Mr. Yanovsky holds bachelor's a degree in computer science from San Jose State University.