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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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Co-Founder of MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
Andrew McAfee is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how computer technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. Andrew has been named to both the Thinkers 50 list of the world’s top management thinkers and to the Politico 50 group of people transforming American politics. He writes popular blogs, academic papers, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He's talked about his work on CNN and 60 Minutes, at the World Economic Forum, TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, with Tom Friedman, Charlie Rose, and Fareed Zakaria, and in front of innumerable global and domestic audiences. Andrew’s newest book, Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future, published June 2017, offers an executive’s guide to succeeding during this turbulent era when technologies are hurtling forward at such a startling pace. Andrew was educated at Harvard and MIT and lives in Cambridge.
Five‐time tech entrepreneur & hyper‐growth CEO, NY Times bestselling author & venture capitalist
To Josh Linkner, creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress, and as such, he’s spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption. The five‐time successful tech entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and CEO delivers a clear call to action — it’s better to innovate and disrupt your organization before your competition does. The riskiest move companies can make today is hugging the status quo — believing the future will be like the past is the fast road to obsolescence. (new paragraph) Linkner was the founder and CEO of four successful technology companies over the last 24 years. He is Founder and former CEO of ePrize, the world’s largest interactive promotion agency that provides digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands. Prior to ePrize, he was founder/CEO of three other successful technology companies. Each of his four startups enjoyed successful exits with a combined value of over $200 million. He’s been involved in the launch and growth of over 100 businesses, raised over $150 million of venture capital, employed thousands of people and fought through the dot-com crash, 9/11, and the 2008 financial meltdown. His extraordinary business accomplishments led him to be honored twice as the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a President Barack Obama “Champion of Change” Award recipient.
CEO and Founder of The Molly Fletcher Company, Founder of The Betterment Institute, Keynote Speaker & Author
Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance, and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports, and now a successful entrepreneur.
Molly has been recognized by Michigan State University with the Outstanding Alumni award and has received numerous other awards. She currently serves as a National Trustee member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, after serving on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta board and as a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Louie Bello is a Boston Music Award winner who can be seen in venues from Nashville and Boston to New York and LA. Louie recently opened for Country stars Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay. Louie has written and performed with dozens of National Recording Artists, placed songs on major network shows and has taken the stage at local and national music festivals such as Mile of Music, Boston Fest, Red Gorilla Festival, SXSW and Phantom Gourmet’s Summer BBQ's to name a few.
With an explosive DJ career over the last decade, DJ Splyce has become widely celebrated as the ONLY DJ to appear as a guest on CNN's Larry King Live. The interview aired in over 200 countries and came just a few months before his performance at the Official GRAMMY Celebration, in which he shared the stage with globally respected artists such as Earth Wind & Fire, Will.I.Am (of The Black Eyed Peas), Big and Rich, Kelly Rowland (of Destiny's Child) and more. Hand-picked as one of the entertainment industry's favorite DJ's, Splyce has performed at LMFAO's CD Release party and has been televised in features or episodes on MTV, E!, FOX, KTLA, WETV and more! As a top choice for both formal or corporate events as well as high energy nightclubs and Hollywood ''Hot Spots,'' Splyce has played for audiences including Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Murphy, Kanye West, Usher and many others. Well prepared and well-focused, Splyce's abilities as a DJ go above and beyond playing great music. His experience plays a significant role in his specialty to customize his sets to the exact audience he's playing for, adjusting accordingly when he sees fit. Pulling from his deep knowledge of music and multi-genre open format talents, audiences respond with an addiction to his performances. He feels the pulse of the crowd like so few DJ's can. Naturally, his progression as a high end DJ has led him to performing regularly across the country and around the world. Passionate and ambitious, Splyce has gained a tremendous fan base and loyal following. Having a consistent schedule of performances across the U.S.A. all year long, Splyce regularly plays globally, having performed 4 different tours of Romania, as well as shows in London, England, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver Canada, Ochos Rios, Montego Bay Jamaica, and Antigua. No matter where in the world his journey takes him, he appreciates every moment of it.
"Awesome show, so much energy."
– 2017 Agility Attendee