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F5 Appoints Gary Abad as Vice President of North America Channel Sales

Senior sales leader will manage F5's partner ecosystem in North America

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced the appointment of Gary Abad to Vice President of North America Channel Sales. In this role, Abad will drive F5's regional sales partnership efforts and programs in support of F5's global channel strategy.

An accomplished sales management leader, Abad brings over 20 years of experience in the technology sector to his new role. Prior to joining F5, he served as VP of Channel Sales for the Americas at Polycom, Inc. He has also held sales management and business development positions at companies such as Novell and Symbol Technologies (acquired by Motorola). Throughout his career, Abad has demonstrated the ability to lead highly effective organizations, surpass revenue targets, and achieve management goals.

"F5 is proud to welcome Gary to the team," said Dean Darwin, VP of Worldwide Channel Sales at F5. "As an experienced sales leader, he has the skill set necessary to develop and deliver channel initiatives that resonate with partner communities and customers alike. With Gary's history of success, we have every confidence in his ability to lead our North America team, and we look forward to his contributions to F5's worldwide channel objectives as well."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to

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About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

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