Meerah Rajavel

CIO at Palo Alto Networks


Meerah Rajavel is the Chief Information Officer at Palo Alto Networks. Meerah has previously held positions as the Chief Information Officer at Citrix, TruU, Inc., and Forcepoint LLC.

Rajavel has been recognized as a top technology leader, receiving the South Florida Apogee Award in 2020 and being named to Forbes' "CIO NEXT 2021 – 50 Innovative Technology Leaders" list. Meerah has also been honored as the "Most Innovative Woman of the Year" by Stevie Award in 2017 and named a top 25 woman leader in cybersecurity by both The Software Report and Cyber Defense Magazine in 2019.

Meerah Rajavel started their educational career by attending Harvard Business School to get their Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director certificate. Meerah then went on to obtain their MBA in General Management from Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. Finally, they completed their B.E in Computer Science from Thiagarajar College of Engineering.

Their manager is Nikesh Arora, Chairman & CEO. Meerah Rajavel works with Anand Oswal - SVP & GM, Vats Srivatsan - Chief Strategy Officer, and Liane Hornsey - Chief People Officer.



  • CIO

    April, 2022 - present

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