F5 Networks has announced the appointment of David Helfer as its new Senior Vice President of Sales for the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). A veteran leader of high-performance global teams, David has more than 25 years of deep industry knowledge in the technology sector. He first joined F5 in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Partners & Cloud Sales.
“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,” said Chad Whalen, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales, F5 Networks.
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.
David 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.
Helfer is a sought-after public speaker and thought leader, regularly participating in high-profile events, roundtables, and global media engagements.
“I am delighted to head EMEA Sales and strengthen F5’s leadership position in the application security and cloud markets,” said David 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.”