Channel program professional Frank Rauch is joining Cato Networks, a SASE platform provider, as Global Channel Chief. In this role, Rauch will be responsible for driving the channel ecosystem globally, enabling partners to profit from the enterprise shift to cloud-native networking and security.
With more than 30 years of leadership experience, Rauch has successfully led, developed, managed, and grown global partner ecosystems at Check Point, VMware, and HPE. He and his teams have been recognized with more than 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.
Rauch’s appointment headlines several channel leadership hirings and promotions meant to meet the growing channel demand for SASE and SSE.
Robert Holley joins Cato as the AVP for VAR, Resellers, and Service Providers, Americas. Holley has spent 20 years in the telecommunications, IT, and technology industries, building successful relationships and teams across sales and marketing, most recently at Versa Networks.
Shane Hallen has joined Cato as Director of Service Provider Sales, Americas. Before Cato, Hallen served as the Strategic Sales Manager of Service Providers for Cisco Meraki. He will be focused on establishing partnerships with Service Providers in the Americas.
Paolo Maestripie has joined as Director of Service Provider Sales, EMEA. Maestripieri spent three years at ThousandEyes (now part of Cisco), where he led the alliances practice with global partners as the Client Partner Director of Service Providers and Global Systems Integrator. Before Thousand Eyes, Maestripie served as the Global Alliances Director of Orange for Zscaler for more than six years.
Rounding out the channel leadership team, Cato veterans Ron Hamlett and Mark Draper have been promoted from their positions as Director of Channel Sales. Hamlett assumes the role of AVP, Technology Services Distributors and Agents where he’ll manage those relationships across the Americas. Draper will serve as AVP for Channel Sales within the EMEA region. Their expanded roles align with Cato’s growing channel investment across both regions.