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F5 Networks Inc (FFIV.OQ)

FFIV.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Alan Higginson

72 2018 Independent Chairman of the Board

Francois Locoh-Donou

48 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Francis Pelzer

49 2018 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Ana White

47 2018 Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President

Geng Lin

55 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Mika Yamamoto

47 2019 Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer

Scot Rogers

52 2014 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Chad Whalen

48 2018 Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Tom Fountain

43 2020 Executive Vice President - Global Services. Chief Strategy Officer

Steve McMillan

48 2017 Executive Vice President - Global Services

Angus Robertson

50 2019 Senior Vice President, General Manager - NGINX

Kara Sprague

39 2018 Senior Vice President, General Manager, Application Services

Nikhil Mehta

42 2019 Director

Sripada Shivananda

44 2020 Director

A. Gary Ames

75 2004 Independent Director

Sandra Bergeron

61 2013 Independent Director

Deborah Bevier

68 2006 Independent Director

Michel Combes

58 2018 Independent Director

Michael Dreyer

56 2012 Independent Director

Peter Klein

57 2015 Independent Director

Marie Myers

51 2019 Independent Director

Suzanne DuLong

Vice President, Investor Relations

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 automated hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. 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. François Locoh-Donou has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and member of our Board of Directors since April 2017. Prior to joining F5, Mr. Locoh-Donou served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ciena Corporation. During his more than 15 years at Ciena, Mr. Locoh-Donou served in several leadership positions. From August 2011 to October 2015, he served as Ciena’s Senior Vice President, Global Products Group. Previously, he served as Ciena’s Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa from June 2005 to August 2011. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, a 'Mastere' in Optical Telecommunications from the National Institute of Telecommunications of Paris (ENST), and a 'Diplome d'Ingenieur' in Physics Engineering from the National Institute of Physics in Marseille (ENSPM), France. Mr. Locoh-Donou serves on the board of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF). He is also the co-founder of Cajou Espoir, a cashew-processing facility that employs several hundred people in rural Togo, 80 percent of whom are women. Cajou Espoir exports more than 400 tons of cashew kernels annually to the U.S. and Europe.

Francis Pelzer

Mr. Francis J. Pelzer serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He oversees F5's worldwide financial planning, analysis, accounting, reporting, and internal auditing procedures, as well as investor relations. Prior to joining F5, Mr. Pelzer served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cloud Business Group at SAP, responsible for the execution of strategy and operations of the company's Software as a Service (SaaS) portfolio including Concur, Ariba, Fieldglass, SuccessFactors, and Hybris. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Concur Technologies, before it was acquired by SAP in 2014. Mr. Pelzer has also held senior leadership positions at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse Group. Mr. Pelzer serves on the board of directors for Benefitfocus, Limeade, and Modumetal. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Ana White

Ms. Ana Maria White is the Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. She is responsible for the F5’s people, practices, and professional growth programs; recruiting; diversity and inclusion; organizational development; and employee advocacy initiatives. Ms. White comes to F5 from Microsoft, where she led global Human Resources teams for over 18 years across multiple business units. Most recently, she acted as General Manager, Human Resources for Microsoft’s Business Development, Finance, HR and Legal organizations with responsibility for their teams’ HR strategy, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and organizational capability as well as HR Business Insights across Microsoft. Prior to that, Ms. White led HR for the Marketing and Consumer Business organization. Prior to Microsoft, she was a Compensation and Benefits Consultant at Willis Towers Watson. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Seattle University, and serves on the taskforce for both the Seattle University Center for Science and Innovation and the board of Childhaven.

Geng Lin

Mr. Geng Lin serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Mr. Lin is responsible for the technical vision for the company with a focus on next-generation technological capabilities through organic and inorganic innovation, including advanced research initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining F5, Mr. Lin was the Managing Director, Chief Development Officer and Head of Engineering for consumer and community banking for J.P. Morgan Chase from September 2017 to June 2019. Previously, he served as Head of Service Engineering for Next Billion Users, CTO of Corporate Networks at Google, CTO of Network Business at Dell and CTO of Cisco’s IBM Alliance. Mr. Lin is an industry-leading expert in distributed systems, software-defined infrastructure, and cloud services. He is a contributing author of two books on cloud and data-intensive computing and holds nine U.S. patents. Mr. Lin received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from Peking University and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of British Columbia.

Mika Yamamoto

Ms. Mika Yamamoto is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of the Company. In this role, she is responsible for leading the company’s marketing strategies across segments, channels, and geographies, and ensuring customers remain at the forefront of the company’s Digital Transformation initiative. Prior to joining F5, Ms. Yamamoto served as Global President of Marketo, where she led the company’s go-to-market strategy after it was acquired by Adobe. Ms. Yamamoto previously served as Chief Digital Marketing Officer and CMO for SAP. In addition, she has held senior leadership roles at Amazon Books, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Stores, Gartner Research and Accenture. She holds a B.A. in Commerce, Economics and Marketing from Queen’s University in Canada and serves on the board of the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

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. He 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, he 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). He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from Eastern Washington University.

Tom Fountain

Mr. Tom Fountain serves as Executive Vice President - Global Services. Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. 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. He 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 leadership roles focused on global managed services, consulting, and IT. He holds a B.S. in Management and Computer Science from Aston University.

Angus Robertson

Mr. Angus James Bruce Robertson serves as Senior Vice President, General Manager - NGINX of the Company. Mr. Robertson joined NGINX as CEO in 2012, raising more than $100 million in venture capital from such investors as Goldman Sachs and New Enterprise Associates. Prior to joining NGINX, he led Global Business Development at Red Hat and ran the Asia Pacific region for Visio, prior to its acquisition by Microsoft in 2000. Mr. Robertson studied Marketing at Charles Sturt University in Australia and completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Kara Sprague

Ms. Kara Sprague serves as Senior Vice President, General Manager, Application Services 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.

Nikhil Mehta

Mr. Nikhil Ramesh Mehta serves as 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. 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. Mr. Mehta has extensive experience as an executive at leading Software as a service (SaaS) companies. He brings to our Board of Directors insights regarding SaaS and related technology combined with his background as serving as a chief executive officer make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.

Sripada Shivananda

Mr. Sripada Shivananda serves as Director of the Company. Sri Shivananda is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of PayPal Holdings, Inc., a global leader in digital payment technologies. He leads Technology Platforms & Experiences, overseeing a team responsible for the company's secure, reliable, and scalable global infrastructure and strategic core platform. Prior to PayPal, he served in leadership roles at eBay Inc., overseeing the company's global platform and infrastructure, with extensive experience in areas such as cloud services and data architecture. Shivananda holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University.

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, 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..

Sandra Bergeron

Ms. Sandra E. Bergeron is an Independent Director of the Company. From 2004 until 2012, Ms. Bergeron was a venture partner at Trident Capital, Inc., a venture capital firm. Ms. Bergeron currently serves as Lead Independent Director of Qualys, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, and on the board of directors of 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 BBA in Information Systems from Georgia State University and an M.B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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 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. Mr. Combes joined Sprint, a publicly traded telecommunications company, in January 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer as of May 2018. Prior to joining Sprint, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Altice N.V., a Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company, where he was responsible for telecom, media and content operations around the world. Before joining Altice, Mr. Combes was the Chief Executive Officer at Alcatel-Lucent, a global telecommunications equipment company, from April 2013 to August 2015. He also held the positions of CEO of Vodafone Europe, Chairman and CEO of TDF Group, and Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of France Telecom. Mr. Combes participates as a member of the Business Advisory Group for McLaren Technology Group. Mr. Combes received a Master of Science degree from École Polytechnique with a focus in engineering and a doctorate from Paris Dauphine University.

Michael Dreyer

Mr. Michael L. Dreyer is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Dreyer retired in 2019 as 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 II-IV Incorporated, a publicly-held company that supplies engineered materials, optoelectronic components and optical systems solutions that acquired Finisar in 2019 (previous board), and Deep Labs, a private company specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Mr. Dreyer received an M.B.A. and a B.A. in psychology from Washington State University.

Peter Klein

Mr. Peter S. Klein is an Independent Director of the Company. r. 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. He currently serves on the board of directors of Denali Therapeutics, a publicly-traded biotechnology company, previously served on the board of directors of Apptio Inc., a publicly-traded software company, through January 2019, and is a director to a number of private companies. Mr. Klein holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A from the University of Washington.

Marie Myers

Ms. Marie E. Myers is an Independent Director of the Company. s. Myers served as the Chief Financial Officer of UiPath, Inc., a robotic process automation company, through December 2019. 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.

Suzanne DuLong

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