François Locoh-Donou

President and CEO, F5 Networks

François Locoh-Donou has been CEO and president at F5 Networks Inc. since April 2017. Previously, he served in multiple roles with Ciena Corporation: as COO and senior vice president from November 1, 2015, until March 23, 2017; senior vice president of the Global Products Group from August 1, 2011, to November 1, 2015; vice president of international sales until August 1, 2011; vice president and general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and vice president of marketing and the country director in Germany, where he built Ciena Corporation’s German sales operations, signing Ciena’s first two contracts in the country. He also was manager of Ciena’s European Systems Engineering Group, based in London.

Locoh-Donou worked as a development engineer with Photonetics (now GN Nettest), where he developed novel fiber-optic sensors for high-temperature environments. He worked as a product manager at Level 3 Communications, focusing on the development of next-generation optical services.

Locoh-Donou holds an MBA from Stanford University, a master’s degree in optical telecommunications from the National Institute of Telecommunications of Paris and an engineering diploma in physics engineering from the National Institute of Physics in Marseille, France.