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F5 Networks appoints senior VP for EMEA Sales

David HelferF5

F5 Networks has appointed David Helfer as its new Senior Vice President of Sales for the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).Helfer joined the company in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Worlwide Partners & Cloud Sales.

In its announcement, the company describes Helfer as "a veteran leader of high-performance global teams" who has over 25 years of industry knowledge in the technology sector.

Chad Whalen, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales, F5 Networks, said, "David is an accomplished leader with a strong global track record. With his customer development experience and deep commercial pedigree, we look forward to David continuing to accelerate F5's application security and cloud leadership across EMEA."

Prior to F5, Helfer was Vice President of Worldwide Channels at the mobility cybersecurity company Lookout, where he also held the role of Direct Sales Manager for all of Asia Pacific and Inside Sales.

For nearly 15 years, David also held senior positions at Juniper Networks as head of Worldwide Channels, Vice President of Commercial and Inside Sales, and while based in London, Vice President of EMEA Partners and Alliances.

Helfer joined Juniper Networks in 2000 from UUNET, where he was working as Global Sales Director.

"I am delighted to head EMEA Sales and strengthen F5's leadership position in the application security and cloud markets," said Helfer. "F5 is uniquely positioned to help EMEA businesses cope with a rapidly shifting threat landscape, soaring data privacy concerns and emerging, cloud-driven business imperatives. I have an exceptionally talented team of technical experts and sales professionals committed to growing our customer and partner relationships across the region. We now need to take initiatives to the next level by further enhancing and securing our customers' apps – irrespective of where they reside."

Helfer holds a BA degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College, Michigan, and he also attended the International Study Program from the Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.

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