F5 CEO Abruptly Steps Down

Rivelo's abrupt resignation has to do with 'matters of personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financials of the company,' F5 says.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

December 15, 2015

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F5 CEO Abruptly Steps Down

F5 Networks CEO Manny Rivelo, appointed in April, has resigned, and is being replaced by John McAdam, Rivelo's predecessor and long-time CEO.

Rivelo stepped down "for matters of personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financials of the company," F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) said in a press release.

McAdam joined F5 in 2000 and served as president and CEO until he retired in July. McAdam will remain on the board but will step down as chairman to focus on his CEO duties; Alan Higginson, F5's lead independent director, has been named non-executive chairman of the board.

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Rivelo officially became CEO in July after training with McAdam since April, and planned to increase online security and software sales for the ADC provider, according to the Seattle Times, which also reported that F5 had strong financial returns during Rivelo's two quarters as CEO.

While at F5, Rivelo expanded F5 beyond the data center to the cloud to complement F5's hardware products, the company said in a press release announcing Rivelo's appointment as CEO in April. He joined F5 in 2011, after serving as senior VP engineering systems and operations at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), where he served for 19 years. 

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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