Michel Combes appointed to F5 Networks board of directors

31 July 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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Michel Combes, CEO of Sprint, has been appointed to the board of directors for F5 Networks, bringing his 30 years of experience in the telecoms and tech sectors.

The news comes days after former CenturyLink exec James Feger joined the company as its general manager of service providers.

"I joined F5 because I see a tremendous opportunity to further accelerate the service-provider business through even greater strategic clarity and focus, and I’m thrilled to be here," said Feger to Light Reading

“The service provider market has long been a core area of F5’s business, and we’re gratified to add an individual of Michel’s industry stature and expertise to our board,” said François Locoh-Donou, president and CEO of F5.

Combes joins the board after serving in a number of senior leadership roles, including chief executive officer and chief operating officer at Altice, as well as chairman and chief executive officer of SFR Group. He has also held executive positions as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, CEO of Vodafone Europe, chairman and CEO of TDF Group and CFO and senior executive vice president of France Telecom.

“Service providers and their customers are intimately familiar with the power of applications. We anticipate this addition to the company’s leadership team will yield compelling insights as we evolve our app services offerings to support myriad technology consumption models and cloud-focused innovations,” said Combes.

Combes was named as Sprint CFO in January of this year, replacing Tarek Robbiati who left the role at the end of that month. Combes has also served on many industry boards and associations during his time including his current position as a member of the Business Advisory Group for McLaren Technology Group.