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Ken Goldman


Hillspire LLC

Atherton, CA, USA

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Ken Goldman’s Biography

Ken Goldman is the President of Hillspire, LLC, a family office based in Palo Alto, California. Founded in 2006, Hillspire primarily focuses on investments in publicly traded securities, private equity, real estate, and alternative assets, as well as aviation and maritime activities.

Throughout a professional career spanning over four decades, Ken has served as Chief Financial Officer of multiple public and private companies and has played a significant role in guiding three companies as they went public. He has held a range of director, committee, and advisory roles at more than 40 corporate boards. During his service as a board member, more than ten companies have gone public. Ken currently serves on the boards of NXP Semiconductors, Zuora, GoPro, and the SASB Foundation.

Prior to joining Hillspire, Ken was CFO of Yahoo!, where he was responsible for the company’s global finance functions. During his five-year tenure at Yahoo!, he led a range of financial and advisory functions, including financial planning and analysis, strategy, tax and treasury policy, controllership, and investor relations. Previously, Ken served as CFO at Fortinet, Inc., a cybersecurity company specializing in intrusion prevention and endpoint security, and Siebel Systems, Inc., a CRM applications firm.

Outside of the business world, Ken is on the board of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, one of the world’s most renowned human rights and social justice organizations. He is on the Harvard Business School California Research Center Advisory Board and served a three-year term on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB’s) Standing Advisory Group (SAG). Ken previously was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University from 2005 to 2013 and was subsequently designated as Emeritus Trustee.

Ken holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ken’s Newsfeed

RentCheck raises $2.6M in seed funding to help renters get their security deposits back

Ken Goldman, President of Hillspire LLC, is an investor in RentCheck, an automated property inspection platform that has raised $2.6 million in seed money.

Technology and Financial Industry Veteran Ken Goldman Joins Fortinet Board of Directors

Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO at Fortinet, says: “We are delighted to welcome back Ken – former CFO of Fortinet for over five years – in his new role on the Fortinet Board of Directors. As we continue to lead and expand into new markets to fuel growth, Fortinet will benefit once again from his vast and extensive board and industry experience. I look forward to working alongside Ken Goldman as part of our Board of Directors.”

Ken’s Background

Hillspire LLC
2018 - Present
Menlo Park, CA, USA
Hillspire is a family office responsible for administrative and financial functions as well as real estate, aviation and maritime activities.
Yahoo! Inc
Chief Financial Officer
Jan 2012 - Jun 2017
San Francisco, CA, USA
Ken was responsible for Yahoo!'s global finance functions, including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and investor relations.
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Current Board Positions

Monsoon Blockchain
Advisory Board
Apr 2020 - Present
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Monsoon Blockchain is a block-chain based decentralized protocol that aims to construct a worldwide storage and cloud optimization network.
Board of Directors
2020 - Present
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Fortinet delivers broad, integrated, high-performance security across the IT infrastructure, provide top-rated network & content security and secure, access products that share intelligence.
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Previous Board Positions

Board of Directors
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Gigamon is the market leader in network visibility solutions which is changing the way people see, control and contextualize traffic across physical, virtual and cloud networks.
Board of Directors | Audit Committee Chair
2009 - 2020
Dublin, CA, USA
TriNet provides HR expertise tailored to thousands of small and medium-sized businesses throughout a wide range of industries across the United States.
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Previous Advisory Roles

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Standing Advisory Group
Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Washington, DC, USA
The PCAOB is an organization that provides advice on the need to formulate new or change existing accounting standards.
Financial Accounting Standards Board
Primary Advisory Group
Dec 1999 - Dec 2003
Norwalk, CT, USA
The Financial Accounting Standards Board was set up in 1973 and is the independent, private-sector, not-for-profit organization, that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.


RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.


In Conversation with Kenneth Goldman, President at Hillspire
WSJ Tech Live 2020
Oct 2020
As part of The Wall Street Journal's 2020 virtual Tech Live event, Nasdaq's Joshua Machiz speaks to Kenneth Goldman, President of Hillspire, about how the company is adapting in the wake of COVID-19.
Benchmarking Success: Ensuring A Well-Founded Reputation With Ken Goldman
Jun 2020
Ken Goldman joins Dr. Diane Hamilton to talk about ensuring a well-founded reputation and getting out there to network and become relevant. Diane and Ken also discuss the global health issue and its economic impacts from Ken's perspective as a CFO. Ken further dives into the importance of benchmarking for success and why you should look to leverage this for yourself and your business.
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Awards & Endorsements

Cornell University
Emeritus Trustee
Ithaca, NY, USA
Cornell is an Ivy League research University, privately endowed and a partner of the State University of New York.

Speaking Engagements

24th Annual Stanford Directors' College
Panel Member
Jun 2018
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Ken Goldman was part of a panel titled 'Rethinking Executive Compensation Strategy'. The panel provided experienced directors with additional tools and insights to engage in more effective strategic thinking and execution on matters of executive compensation. The panel also discussed the latest trends in compensation and best practices for compensation committee process.

Ken’s Education

Harvard Business School
1972 - 1974
Cornell University
BS Electrical Engineering
1967 - 1971