James Phillips

Director, Board of Directors

James Phillips joined F5’s board of directors in January 2022. Phillips served as the President of Microsoft’s Digital Transformation Platform Group, a product development organization, from 2020 through April of 2022 .  His team built and operated Microsoft’s business applications and services; and the application, integration, data, and intelligence platforms beneath them—collectively powering the digital transformation initiatives of some of the world’s largest organizations. Phillips joined Microsoft in 2012 as a strategy advisor to Satya Nadella, then president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division. Prior to joining Microsoft, Phillips co-founded and served as CEO of multiple software companies; held engineering, product management, corporate development, and marketing leadership roles at Intel, VMware, and Synopsys; and spent two years as a technology investment banker with UBS PaineWebber advising public and private software companies on M&A strategy and execution. Phillips holds a BS in Mathematics from Louisiana State University and earned his MBA with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.