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F5 Networks’ Dean Darwin Named One of 2011’s Top Channel Executives by UBM Channel’s CRN

Darwin honored as “Top 10 Next-Gen Channel Leader”

SEATTLE – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that Dean Darwin, VP of Worldwide Channel Sales, was named one of the Top 100 Executives in the Channel and one of the Top 10 Next-Gen Channel Leaders of 2011 by CRN. These lists salute individual channel executives for continuing to change the way the channel does business to increase partner sales and shape their own organization’s future.

CRN’s listing of top channel executives for 2011 was based on nominations from solution providers, who rated channel vendor executives based on influence, effectiveness and viability, as well as business sales impact. The CRN editorial team judged nominees based on sales volume, channel investment and advocacy, and performance in 2011 CRN research projects such as Channel Champs and the Annual Report Card.

This is Darwin’s second appearance on CRN’s Top 100 Executives in the Channel list. As VP of Worldwide Channel Sales, Darwin drives F5’s global strategy to engage the company’s worldwide network of sales partners. Darwin first joined F5 Networks in 2005 as the leader of the North America channel program. In his tenure at F5, he has been instrumental in the creation and successful implementation of a number of strategic channel initiatives, including the global launch of F5’s UNITY Partner Program.

“Making a repeat appearance on CRN’s list of top channel executives list is very gratifying, as it underscores the F5 team’s commitment to the channel community,” said Darwin. “We accomplished a great deal in 2011, including the global expansion of the UNITY Partner Program. Moving ahead, I look forward to working with our channel partners to further enhance the value we provide to customers. F5 continues on an amazing growth trajectory and we appreciate our partners for their important role in our success.”

Supporting Quotes 

“Looking back at the time I have spent working with Dean, it is clear that he’s committed to building a program that drives value for partners. F5’s program increases client value by improving our ability to provide a world-class managed service,” said Jeff Jack, Group General Manager of Network Integration at Dimension Data, a global ICT services and solutions provider. “F5 is a company that I’m proud to be associated with and I wish Dean congratulations for appearing on CRN’s list this year.”

“Given his success in building a leading channel organization, it is no surprise that Dean has received this recognition,” said Euan Prentice, Managing Director at O2 Networks, Australia’s fastest growing provider of data networking security solutions and services. “We look to forward to participating in F5’s partner program long into the future as it uniquely rewards partner investments in both their technology and proven sales processes.”

“From sales leaders and innovators to mavericks and up-and-comers, it takes different types of executives with different philosophies to drive continued success of the IT Channel,” said Kelley Damore, VP and Editorial Director for UBM Channel.

About F5

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control” across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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About UBM Channel

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at www.ubmchannel.com.

About UBM plc

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

F5 is a trademark or service mark of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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