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F5 Networks Inc (FFIV.OQ)

FFIV.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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19 Jul 2019
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Alan Higginson

71 2018 Independent Chairman of the Board

Francois Locoh-Donou

47 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Francis Pelzer V

48 2018 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Ana White

46 2018 Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President

Geng Lin

2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Mika Yamamoto

46 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer

Scot Rogers

51 2014 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Chad Whalen

47 2018 Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Tom Fountain

42 2018 Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Steve McMillan

47 2017 Executive Vice President - Global Services

Kara Sprague

38 2018 Senior Vice President, General Manager, Application Delivery Controller (ADC)

John McAdam

68 2017 Director

Nikhil Mehta

41 2019 Director

A. Gary Ames

74 2004 Independent Director

Sandra Bergeron

60 2013 Independent Director

Deborah Bevier

67 2006 Independent Director

Michel Combes

57 2018 Independent Director

Michael Dreyer

55 2012 Independent Director

Peter Klein

56 2015 Independent Director

Marie Myers

50 2019 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Alan Higginson

Mr. Alan J. Higginson is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as Board of Directors chair since April 2004 (with the exception of the period of July 1, 2015 to December 13, 2015 when he served as our Lead Independent Director), and as one of our directors since May 1996. Mr. Higginson served as Chairman of Hubspan, Inc., an e-business infrastructure provider, from September 2009 to March 2012. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hubspan from August 2001 to September 2007. From November 1995 to November 1998, Mr. Higginson served as President of Atrieva Corporation, a provider of advanced data backup and retrieval technology. Mr. Higginson also serves as a director of Pivot3, Inc., a privately-held company that develops and markets shared storage and virtual server appliances. Mr. Higginson also served as a director of adeptCloud Inc., a privately-held company that provides cloud-based collaboration services and Clarity Health Services, a privately-held company that provides web-based health care coordination services. Mr. Higginson holds a B.S. in Commerce and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. Mr. Higginson has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in a wide range of both public and private software and other technology companies. His experience includes leading worldwide sales organizations and the management of international joint ventures and distribution channels. He has also been active in a number of software and technology industry associations, and as an advisor to early-stage technology companies. Mr. Higginson joined our Board of Directors shortly after the Company was founded. His deep understanding of the Company’s historical and current business strategies, objectives and technologies provides an important and insightful perspective for our Board of Directors.

Francois Locoh-Donou

Mr. Francois Locoh-Donou is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Prior to joining us, Mr. Locoh-Donou served as Chief Operating Officer at Ciena, a network strategy and technology company, from November 2015 to January 2017 and as Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, from August 2011 until November 2015. Mr. Locoh-Donou serves on the advisory board of Jhpiego, a non-profit global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Cajou Espoir, a cashew-processing facility that employs several hundred people in rural Togo, 80 percent of whom are women. Mr. Locoh-Donou holds an engineering degree from École Centrale de Marseille and a Masters in Sciences from Télécom ParisTech in France and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Locoh-Donou has led the Company since April 2017. Mr. Locoh-Donou brings nearly two decades of enterprise technology experience building a wide range of products, teams and operations around the world. He has held numerous successive leadership positions prior to joining the Company including Vice President and General Manager, EMEA; Vice President, International Sales; and Vice President, Marking. Prior to joining Ciena, he held research and development roles for a French opto-electronics company. He brings multidisciplinary and multinational experience, ranging from product development to operations to sales. He is the sole member of management on the Board of Directors and serves a critical role in the communication between the Board of Directors and the Company’s senior management team.

Francis Pelzer V

Mr. Francis J. Pelzer is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cloud Business Group of SAP SE (a publicly-traded, multinational enterprise software corporation) since August 2015 and prior to that served as its Chief Financial Officer starting in 2015. From May 2010 to January 2015, Mr. Pelzer served as the Chief Financial Officer of Concur Technologies, Inc. (a publicly-traded enterprise application software corporation, acquired by SAP SE). Prior to that, Mr. Pelzer served as a Director and Vice President in the Software Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank, a Vice President with Credit Suisse First Boston, and a management consultant with Kurt Salmon Associates (now part of the consulting group, Accenture plc). Mr. Pelzer has served as a director of Benefitfocus, Inc. (a publicly-traded provider of employee benefit technologies and services) since May 2013. Mr. Pelzer received an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Ana White

Ms. Ana Maria White is the Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. She comes to F5 from Microsoft, having successfully led global HR teams for over 18 years across multiple business units. Most recently White acted as GM of Human Resources for Microsoft's Marketing and Consumer Business organization, with responsibility for their team's HR strategy, talent management, diversity & inclusion, and organizational capability. In addition, she acted as the Human Resources lead on many of Microsoft's mergers and acquisitions, including LinkedIn and Skype. Prior to Microsoft, White was a Compensation & Benefits Consultant at Willis Towers Watson and holds a BS in mathematics from Seattle University. She is based in the Seattle office.

Geng Lin

Mr. Geng Lin is appointed as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of the Company., effective July 1, 2019. Lin arrives at F5 from J.P. Morgan Chase. There he served as Managing Director, Chief Development Officer and Head of Engineering for consumer and community banking, spearheading the development of the bank's next-generation, cloud-based banking architecture and application portfolio. As co-author of two books on cloud and data-intensive computing and a patent holder, Lin is a recognized expert in his field. He has previously served as CTO of Corporate Networks at Google, CTO of Network Business at Dell and CTO of Cisco's IBM Alliance.

Mika Yamamoto

Ms. Mika Yamamoto is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of the Company. Yamamoto comes to F5 with a long-standing track record of delivering enterprise marketing results. Prior to joining F5, she served as Global President of Marketo, where she led the company's go-to-market strategy after it was acquired by Adobe. She also previously served as Chief Digital Marketing Officer and CMO for SAP, and held leadership roles at Amazon, Microsoft, Gartner, and Accenture.

Scot Rogers

Mr. Scot Rogers is an Executive Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. Mr. Rogers has held a variety of positions in F5's legal department since 2005, including most recently as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel immediately prior to his promotion to Executive Vice President. From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Rogers was the General Counsel for Xpediate Consulting, a healthcare technology and consulting company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to becoming a corporate counsel, he spent eight years in private practice as a commercial litigator. Mr. Rogers is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds a J.D. from the Dedman School of Law of Southern Methodist University.

Chad Whalen

Mr. Chad Whalen is the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales of the Company. He is responsible for F5’s global sales strategy and brings over 20 years of experience leading global teams across Europe, Asia, and North and South America in network infrastructure, security, and SaaS. Mr. Whalen joined F5 in 2017 to lead the Cloud Sales team. Prior to joining F5, Mr. Whalen ran strategic alliances at Fortinet, worldwide sales and services at Jasper, Americas sales and field operations at Ciena and global sales and marketing at World Wide Packets (WWP). Mr. Whalen holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from Eastern Washington University.

Tom Fountain

Mr. Tom Fountain is the Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. Mr. Fountain is responsible for corporate strategy, corporate development, technology partnerships, our service provider business, and new business incubations. From November 2012 to January 2018, Mr. Fountain served as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at McAfee LLC, Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Intel Corporation, and Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at McAfee Incorporated. Previously, Mr. Fountain served as Vice President and General Manager of the Content and Media Business Unit at Juniper Networks from December 2011 to November 2012 and Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Juniper Networks from February 2009 to December 2011. Earlier in his career, Mr. Fountain was a venture capitalist at Mayfield Fund from June 2003 to February 2009 and co-founder and engineering leader at Ingrian Networks from December 1999 to June 2004. Mr. Fountain holds an M.B.A., an M.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering, each from Stanford University.

Steve McMillan

Mr. Steve McMillan is the Executive Vice President - Global Services of the Company. He is responsible for overseeing F5’s worldwide services organization, including global support, consulting, and services teams. Prior to joining F5, Mr. McMillan served as Senior Vice President, Customer Success and Managed Cloud Services at Oracle from September 2015 to October 2017, where he developed, oversaw, and expanded a customer success organization focused on the company’s strategic SaaS portfolio. Previously, Mr. McMillan served as Oracle’s Senior Vice President, Managed Cloud Services from July 2012 to September 2015. Prior to joining Oracle, McMillan spent 19 years at IBM, where he held a number of leadership roles focused on global managed services, consulting, and IT. Mr. McMillan holds a B.S. in Management and Computer Science from Aston University.

Kara Sprague

Ms. Kara Sprague is the Senior Vice President, General Manager, Application Delivery Controller (ADC) of the Company. She is responsible for F5’s ADC product portfolio management, product and solutions. Prior to joining F5 in 2017, Ms. Sprague held various leadership positions across the technology practice of McKinsey and Company. Most recently she led the Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice for the Western Region. Prior to McKinsey, Ms. Sprague was on the engineering staff of Oracle, Agilent Technologies, and Hewlett-Packard. She holds two master's degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves on the board of Girls Who Code.

John McAdam

Mr. John McAdam is the Director of the Company. He has served as a director since July 2000 and served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2000 until his retirement in April 2017 (with the exception of the period of July 1, 2015 to December 13, 2015 when he served as our non-executive Board Chairman). Prior to joining us, Mr. McAdam served as General Manager of the Web server sales business at International Business Machines Corporation from September 1999 to July 2000. From January 1995 until August 1999, Mr. McAdam served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sequent Computer Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of high-end open systems, which was sold to International Business Machines Corporation in September 1999. Mr. McAdam serves as a director of Tableau Software, a publicly-held company that provides business intelligence software, Apptio, a publicly-held company that provides technology business management and Nutanix, a publicly-held provider of converged infrastructure solutions. Mr. McAdam holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. McAdam led the Company for over 17 years. During his tenue with the Company, annual revenues grew from $108.6 million in fiscal year 2000 to $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2017. He was the driving force behind the Company’s execution and growth which resulted in the Company’s history of strong operating results and significant growth in shareholder value. Mr. McAdam brings to the Board of Directors a comprehensive knowledge of and valuable insight into the Company’s technology, strategy, competitive opportunities, operations, financial position, and relationships within the industry analyst and investment communities.

Nikhil Mehta

Mr. Nikhil Mehta is an Director of the Company. Mr. Mehta has been the Chief Executive Officer of Gainsight, Inc., a leading Customer Success SaaS platform provider, since February 2013. Prior to joining Gainsight, he served as Chief Executive Officer of LiveOffice which was acquired by Symantec in January 2012. Before joining LiveOffice, Mr. Mehta served in several Product Management and Engineering leadership roles at Symantec. He currently serves as a managing member of Acceleprise, a SaaS accelerator company. Mr. Mehta holds a B.A. degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

A. Gary Ames

Mr. A. Gary Ames is an Independent Directors of the Company. Mr. Ames served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MediaOne International, a provider of broadband and wireless communications from July 1995 until his retirement in June of 2000. From January 1990 to July 1995, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of US West Communications, a regional provider of residential and business telephone services, and operator and carrier services. Mr. Ames also serves as a director of MMGL Corporation (formally known as Schnitzer Investment Corp.), a privately-held investment firm with interests in commercial, industrial and multi-family properties, real estate development projects, ocean shipping, and other industries. Mr. Ames served as a director of Tektronix, Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, from 1993 to 2008; SuperValu, Inc., a publicly-traded food and drug retailer, from 2006 to 2010 and iPass, Inc., a publicly-traded enterprise mobility company, from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Ames holds a B.A. in Finance from Portland State University. Mr. Ames has extensive experience as a senior executive and chief executive officer in the telecommunications industry in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. He provides to the Board of Directors valuable insight into large telecommunications enterprises, which are an important customer base for the Company. For over twenty years, Mr. Ames has served on a number of other boards, as chairman of compensation and governance committees, and as a member of public company audit committees. Mr. Ames brings to the Board of Directors expertise and insight as a former chief executive officer, broad experience as director at a wide range of companies and international business experience.

Sandra Bergeron

Ms. Sandra E. Bergeron is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Bergeron has served as one of our directors since January 2013. From 2004 until 2012, Ms. Bergeron was a venture partner at Trident Capital, Inc., a venture capital firm. Ms. Bergeron currently serves on the board of directors of Qualys, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of cloud security and compliance solutions and Sophos Group PLC, a London Stock Exchange publicly-traded provider of IT security and data protection products. Previously, she served as chairman of TraceSecurity, a privately-held provider of cloud-based security solutions and IT governance, risk and compliance management solutions and as a director of TriCipher, a privately-held secure access management company acquired by VMware in August 2010. She also served on the board of ArcSight, Inc., a publicly-traded security and compliance management company acquired by Hewlett-Packard Company in September 2010. Ms. Bergeron holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a M.B.A. from Xavier University. Ms. Bergeron has extensive experience in network and data security and related public policy issues. She has a national reputation as an expert on computer security matters. In addition, she has extensive experience as a director of public and private technology companies, and as an executive managing product development and sales teams in the computer and internet security industries.

Deborah Bevier

Ms. Deborah L. Bevier is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Bevier has served as one of our directors since July 2006. Ms. Bevier has been the principal of D.L. Bevier Consulting LLC, an organizational and management consulting firm, since 2004. Prior to that time, from 1996 until 2003, Ms. Bevier served as a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Laird Norton Financial Group and its predecessor companies, an independent financial advisory services firm. From 1973 to 1996, Ms. Bevier held numerous leadership positions with KeyCorp, including chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Key Bank of Washington. Ms. Bevier served on the board of directors of Outerwall, Inc. (formerly Coinstar, Inc.), a publicly-traded multi-national provider of services to retailers from 2002 to 2014. She served on the board of directors of Fisher Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded media and communications company, from 2003 to 2010, and Puget Sound Bank, a commercial bank, from 2006 to 2008. Ms. Bevier holds a B.S. in Economics from SUNY New Paltz and a graduate degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Ms. Bevier has extensive experience with both public and private companies in a wide range of areas including finance, banking, management, and organizational operations. Ms. Bevier’s experience as a director of public companies in the consumer services, communications, and media industries enables her to bring a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors. In addition to Ms. Bevier’s broad background, her extensive strategic, corporate governance, and compensation expertise makes her well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Michel Combes

Mr. Michel Combes is an Independent Director of the Company. Before joining Sprint in 2018, Combes served in a number of senior leadership roles, including CEO and chief operating officer at Altice, and chairman and CEO of SFR Group. Additional executive experience includes positions as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, CEO of Vodafone Europe, chairman and CEO of TDF Group, and chief financial officer and senior executive vice president of France Telecom.

Michael Dreyer

Mr. Michael L. Dreyer is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Dreyer is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Silicon Valley Bank, a high-tech commercial bank, and prior to that Mr. Dreyer served as Chief Operation Officer at Monitise, a technology leader in mobile banking. Prior to joining Monitise, he was the Chief Information Officer at Visa Inc. from July, 2005 to March, 2014 where he was responsible for the company’s systems and technology platforms. Before joining Visa Inc., he was Chief Information Officer of Inovant, where he oversaw the development and management of Visa’s global systems technology. Previously, Mr. Dreyer held executive positions at VISA USA as Senior Vice President of processing and emerging products, and Senior Vice President of commercial solutions. He has also held senior positions at American Express, Prime Financial, Inc., Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Downey Savings, Bank of America, and the Fairmont Hotel Management Company. Mr. Dreyer serves as a director of Finisar Corporation, a publicly-held company that supplies optical solutions for the communications industry. Mr. Dreyer received an M.B.A. and a B.A. in psychology from Washington State University. Mr. Dreyer has extensive experience as an information technology executive. He brings to our Board of Directors valuable insights regarding data center operations and the role of our technology in the data center, as well as an understanding of data traffic management technologies, data security, and other networking technology trends. Mr. Dreyer’s information technology and data management expertise combined with his background as a senior executive in the financial industry make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Peter Klein

Mr. Peter S. Klein is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Klein has served as one of our directors since March 2015. Mr. Klein has almost 25 years of experience as a senior finance executive. He served as Chief Financial Officer of WME, a global leader in sports and entertainment marketing, from January 2014 until June 2014. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft Corporation from November 2009 until May 2013. Mr. Klein spent over 11 years at Microsoft, including roles as Chief Financial Officer of the Server and Tools and Microsoft Business Divisions. From 1990 until 2002 Mr. Klein held senior finance roles with McCaw Cellular Communications, Orca Bay Capital, Asta Networks and Homegrocer.com. Mr. Klein holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A from the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of directors of Apptio Inc., a publicly-traded software company. Mr. Klein’s extensive experience as a finance executive in a variety of technology companies, including experience as the Chief Financial Officer of the world’s largest software company, and experience managing the finance function for significant enterprises with diverse operating models brings an important and valuable perspective to our Board of Directors. His experience as a public company chief financial officer qualifies him as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined in Item 407 of Regulation S-K.

Marie Myers

Ms. Marie E. Myers is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Myers is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of UiPath, Inc., a robotic process automation company. Prior to UiPath, Ms. Myers served as the Global Controller for HP Inc., a multinational technology company from November 2015 to December 2018. Prior to that she served as HP’s Vice President of finance for the Personal Systems Group, Americas between May 2012 and October 2015. Ms. Myers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Economics degree from University of Queensland and a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Finance from the University of St. Thomas.

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