John McAdam

Director, Board of Directors

John McAdam has served on the Board of Directors since 2000. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of F5 Networks from 2000-2017, McAdam successfully navigated the company through the turbulent post-dot-com era, bringing F5 to profitability and positioning it for further growth. During his tenure at F5, McAdam grew the company's annual revenue from $100 million to $2 billion. He oversaw numerous successful acquisitions, guiding F5 into new and adjacent markets that enhance the company's core application delivery solution offerings. Under McAdam's leadership, F5 was added to the S&P 500—one of the world's most widely followed stock market indices.

McAdam has also received numerous leadership awards, among them Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2013 Executive of the Year, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Best in Business Awards’ 2012 Executive of the Year, silver category. He was also named to Business Insider’s 2013 list of 50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech and CRN’s list of Top 25 Innovators for 2012.

Prior to joining F5, McAdam served as General Manager of the Web server sales business at IBM. From January 1995 until August 1999, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Sequent Computer Systems, a manufacturer of high-end open systems, which was sold to IBM in September 1999. McAdam holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.



Received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Seattle Business Magazine’s 2012 Tech Impact Awards

Named one of CRN’s Top 25 Innovators for 2012

Institutional Investor Magazine’s 2012 Best CEO, nominated by the Sell Side

Featured as one of Seattle Business Magazine’s “Titans of Tomorrow” in January, 2013

Won Silver in the Executive of the Year category at the 2012 Best in Biz Awards

Selected as one of GeekWire’s Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year in 2011

Chosen for Seattle Times’ “Northwest 100” in 2011

Appointed to Computerworld’s Honors Program Chairmen’s Committee in 2006