From the people who live and breathe innovation, keynote topics included the future of applications, new app challenges, creative problem solving, and more.
2018 Keynote Speakers
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
François Locoh-Donou is F5’s President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. He joined F5 in April 2017, bringing to the office nearly two decades of enterprise technology experience building a wide range of products, teams, and operations around the world.
Locoh-Donou previously held leadership positions at Ciena, the network strategy and technology company, including COO; SVP, Global Products Group; VP and General Manager, EMEA; VP, International Sales; and VP, Marketing. Prior to joining Ciena, he held research-and-development roles at Photonetics, a French opto-electronics company.
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.
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Senior Vice President and General Manager, Application Delivery Controller (ADC)
Kara Sprague is Senior Vice President and General Manager of F5’s Application Delivery Controller (ADC) business unit, responsible for the company’s ADC product portfolio management, product and solutions.
Sprague joined F5 in 2017 from McKinsey and Company, where in her thirteen-year tenure she held various leadership positions across their technology practice. Most recently she led the Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice for the Western Region. Prior to McKinsey, Sprague was on the engineering staff of Oracle, Agilent Technologies, and Hewlett-Packard.
A trained computer scientist and electrical engineer, she holds two masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves on the board of Girls Who Code.
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SVP North America Sales
Peter Brant joined F5 in 2016, where he is responsible for the ongoing development and execution of go-to-market strategies and day-to-day operations for North America Sales. Peter brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and security sales to his role at F5, along with an extensive background in developing strategic channel and partnership programs. Most recently, he served as head of Americas Sales at Fortinet. Prior to Fortinet, Peter held senior sales and management positions at Breach Security, AdmitOne, and SonicWALL. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Western Washington University.
Regional Vice President-Latin America Sales
Roberto joined F5 in 2016 as Regional Vice President of Latin America Sales. He is responsible for the ongoing development and execution of go-to-market strategies and day-to-day operations for the Latin America theater. With more than 20 years in the international telecom industry, Robert has an extremely solid and robust background that extends across sales, marketing, business development as well as a deep go-to-market understanding both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining F5, Robert held various leadership roles with globally recognized companies such as Avaya, Nortel, and Anixter, and most recently the VP and Managing Director for Aruba - a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company with overall responsibility for Latin America. Roberto holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Imberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico.
Principal Technical Evangelist
Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine.
She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, and is an O’Reilly author. She also serves on the Board of Regents for the DevOps Institute and CloudNOW, and has been named one of the top influential women in DevOps.
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Director Product Management
Hitesh Patel joined F5 in 2010. He focuses on creating F5 products and services for cloud environments and enablement of DevOps methodologies and Automation. Hitesh has experience in both network and infrastructure engineering and application development and leverages this background to help enable highly collaborative, agile application development and infrastructure teams. He is a co-creator of the F5 Super-NetOps program that enables NetOps engineers with the skills and tools to enable automation and DevOps methodologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
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Sara Boddy is the Director of F5’s threat intelligence reporting division: F5 Labs. Prior to F5, Sara was the VP of Information Security and Business Intelligence at Demand Media where she ran the security team for 6 years covering all divisions of the company including web and ecommerce media properties; the domain registrar and registry platform (eNom, now Rightside); and domain parking. Before Demand Media, Sara worked for two different information security consulting firms over 11 years that focused on incident response, security program development, compliance (ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, SOX), and technical control implementations. Sara specializes in incident response and application security (which lead her into threat intelligence), compliance, audit, information security awareness training; and has extensive experience with M&As, IPOs, and public company splits.
F5 Labs author page: https://f5.com/labs/about/authors/sara-boddy
Linked In: Sara Boddy
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