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F5 Promotes Dean Darwin to VP of Worldwide Channel Sales

F5 creates new role to enhance global collaboration and strengthen sales partnership strategies

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that Dean Darwin has been promoted to the newly created position of VP of Worldwide Channel Sales. Previously, Darwin had served as VP of North American Channel Sales.

"We're very excited that Dean will be leading our global channel teams in this new role," said Mark Anderson, SVP of Worldwide Sales at F5. "Dean has done a remarkable job leading and expanding our channel efforts in North America. In this new position, his charter will be to leverage the great work that has been done in each region, and align F5's global efforts around best practices to engage our worldwide network of sales partners. Having worked closely with Dean for the better part of the last 10 years, I'm highly confident in his ability, and look forward to developing and enhancing F5's partnership strategies with him."

Darwin first joined F5 Networks in 2005. As a key driver of the North America channel program, he has been instrumental in the introduction and success of a number of channel initiatives including the Advantage Partner Program and, most-recently, the F5® Lightning Program. In his time with F5, he has been named as one of the Top Channel Executives by VARBusiness, and recognized as a Channel Chief by CRN. Prior to joining F5, Darwin held sales leadership positions at Cisco and NetApp.

"With this appointment, F5 has reinforced its commitment to providing first-rate channel programs and enhancing partnerships with leading network solution integrators such as Datacraft," said Andy Cocks, Director of Solutions and Alliance for Datacraft Asia. "With its best-in-class products and holistic approach to Application Delivery Networking, F5 provides strategic value to Datacraft's network optimization offerings. F5 is an ideal complement to Datacraft's expertise in delivering comprehensive and flexible IT solutions. Together, Datacraft and F5 help clients reduce bandwidth expenses, virtualize and consolidate servers, and improve application performance by optimizing server, storage, and network resources. We look forward to working closely with F5 in bringing the partnership to new heights."

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