F5 Networks has named François Locoh-Donou as the company's President and CEO and a member of F5's Board of Directors, effective April 3, 2017. Locoh-Donou succeeds John McAdam, who will remain a Director on F5's Board upon his retirement on April 3, 2017.
In a note announcing the appointment, John McAdam, wrote in a blog post that, "He is an engineer by training, with a strong business background, who has spent nearly two decades building a wide range of products, teams and operations around the world. His track record at Ciena leading the company’s product development, services, sales, marketing and EMEA teams demonstrate his results."
Locoh-Donou last served as SVP and COO of Ciena, a network strategy and technology company. He announced his resignation from the company last week.
He previously held successive leadership positions at Ciena, including Senior Vice President, Global Products Group; Vice President and General Manager, EMEA; Vice President, International Sales; and Vice President, Marketing. Prior to Ciena, Locoh-Donou held research and development roles with 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.