Networks: François Locoh-Donou is CEO
January 31, 2017
Locoh-Donou has been named F5 Networks' President and Chief
Executive Officer and a member of F5's Board of Directors, effective
April 3, 2017.
Locoh-Donou succeeds current President and CEO, John McAdam, who
will remain a Director on F5's Board upon his retirement on April 3,
2017. Since McAdam joined in 2000, he has led F5 to $2.0 billion in
annual revenue, with 49 of the Fortune 50 as customers, and numerous
industry and community awards.
"I am honored to take on the CEO role at F5," said Locoh-Donou. "I
have admired John's stewardship of the company's values and vision
and I bring a shared commitment to grow F5's people, partnerships,
product and services portfolio, in response to the increasing cloud
and security demands of F5's customers."
Locoh-Donou currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer of Ciena, a network strategy and technology
company. He previously held successive leadership positions at
Ciena, including Senior Vice President, Global Products Group; Vice
President and General Manager, EMEA; Vice President, International
Sales; and Vice President, Marketing. Prior to Ciena, Locoh-Donou
held research and development roles with Photonetics, a French opto-electronics
"What attracted us from the beginning of the CEO selection process
was François' multidisciplinary and multinational experience,
ranging from product development to operations to sales," said
McAdam. "His track record at Ciena demonstrates he possesses the
foresight and leadership to execute major market transitions,
without compromising the best of a company's technical heritage or
strong organizational culture."
also serves on the advisory board of Jhpiego, a non-profit global
health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University dedicated to providing
high-quality healthcare for women and their families in developing
countries. He holds engineering degrees from École Centrale de
Marseille and Télécom ParisTech in France and a M.B.A. from the
Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"At a time when F5 is expanding its partnerships and products into
cloud and security markets, François brings a renewed sense of
purpose to F5's original vision: applications without constraints,"
said Al Higginson, Chairman of F5's Board of Directors. "On behalf
of the Board, we thank John for his 16 years at the helm of F5. The
company's success is due in such a large part to his unflagging
attention to the needs of F5's employees, customers and
shareholders. John turns F5 over to François with considerable
momentum already in motion from a return to product revenue growth
and a healthy pipeline of new products."