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F5 Networks Appoints Steve Hale as Vice-President of Channel Sales

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the appointment of Steve Hale as the Company's Vice-President of Channel Sales, North America.

"F5 is very committed to growing our business with our partners," said Tom Hull, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for F5 Networks. "We're excited that a proven channel executive has joined our team to continue to develop a healthy channel eco system to help our partners make even more money delivering F5 solutions."

Hale brings 17 years of leadership from Microsoft Corporation across many areas of the business. He recently served as Senior Director of Worldwide Field Sales Operations for Microsoft Dynamics and also worked to define and lead the Partner and Services strategy to drive Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM business solutions to the marketplace. Hale was also the General Manager of the US Enterprise Partner organization, which led a nationwide team of partner resources incubating, building and executing high-end partnerships in the enterprise with the largest and most strategic Systems Integrators and ISVs in the Microsoft Partner ecosystem. Partners like Accenture, Avanade, BearingPoint, Cap Gemini, Dell, EDS, Intel, HP, Infosys, SAP, Siebel and Unisys, as well as many of the leading regional and local Microsoft Systems Integrators and ISVs were managed and led by Hale and his team.

"Having just been part of F5's exciting America's Partner Conference, it's thrilling to see the strong foundation that already exists and the great potential that lies ahead for F5," said Hale. "I look forward to continuing to develop F5's channel strategy that helps partners increase their margins and service revenue by delivering F5's high value solutions."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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