F5 Networks Announces Appointment of Long-Time F5 Executive John McAdam as President and CEO

Published December 14, 2015


Nathan Misner
Sr. Director of Global Communications
F5 Networks
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Holly Lancaster
WE Communications
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Seattle – F5 Networks, Inc. (“F5” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: FFIV), a global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN) technology, today announced that John McAdam, Chairman of the F5 Board of Directors, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McAdam joined F5 in July 2000, and served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in July 2015. In connection with this appointment, Mr. McAdam will remain a member of the F5 Board but will step down as Chairman in order to focus on his executive duties and actively lead the Company forward. Alan Higginson, who currently serves as F5’s Lead Independent Director, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. All actions are effective immediately.

Mr. McAdam succeeds Manuel Rivelo who has resigned from his position of President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the F5 Board of Directors, for matters regarding personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financials of the Company.

“The Board believes John is best suited to lead the Company as F5 continues its evolution to expand our offerings and grow across our product suite. As a longtime F5 executive, John has a deep understanding of our business, operations and strategy, and an appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our employees,” said Mr. Higginson. “The Board is confident his 15 years of leadership experience at F5 will allow him to seamlessly take on the responsibilities of President and CEO, and looks forward to his immediate contributions.”

Mr. McAdam said, “I look forward to immediately re-engaging on a day to day basis with F5’s dedicated and passionate team of employees as we further our mission to help clients deliver the most secure, fast and reliable applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. I am excited about the opportunities F5 has before it in new hybrid cloud architectures, application security and to capitalize on emerging technology trends. I would like to add that the Board of Directors and the executive leadership team remain fully committed to the strategy and financial targets we articulated in our earnings announcement on October 28, 2015.” 

Mr. McAdam continued, “I want to thank Manny for his many contributions to F5 over the past four years. Manny has been a key member of F5’s strong leadership team who have developed our current strategy.”

Mr. Higginson added, “I want to emphasize that these actions are in no way related to the Company’s operating performance or financial condition. This change in management, while unexpected, is strictly related to personal conduct matters. We are confident that F5 will be in good hands with John leading the Company forward.”

While Mr. McAdam leads F5 as President and CEO, the Board will undertake a formal search process to identify a permanent successor.

About John McAdam

John McAdam has served as Chairman of F5’s Board of Directors since July 2015, upon retiring as President and Chief Executive Officer. Shortly after joining F5 in July 2000, Mr. 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, Mr. McAdam grew the Company’s annual revenue from $108.6 million to more than $1.9 billion in fiscal year 2015. He oversaw numerous successful acquisitions, guiding F5 into new and adjacent markets that enhance the Company’s core application delivery solution offerings. Under Mr. McAdam’s leadership, F5 was added to the S&P 500—one of the world’s most widely followed stock market indices.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. McAdam serves on the Board of Directors of Tableau Software, Nutanix and Apptio. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

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