F5 has appointed Bart Salaets as Field Chief Technology Officer in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With over 20 years’ industry experience, Salaets will take on the brand-new role to further elevate F5’s positioning in the market, including engaging with C-Suite customers, partners, analysts, and journalists. Working with EMEA’s solution architect team, and in close partnership with F5 Global CTO, Geng Lin, he will report to Vincent Lavergne, VP for Solutions Engineering at F5.
Salaets has been at F5 since 2011, most recently as Head of EMEA Solutions Architects. He has also worked as the lead solutions architect for F5’ service provider team. Prior to joining F5, he held consulting and technical leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Redback Networks and Alcatel- Lucent.
Vincent Lavergne, VP for Solutions Engineering at F5, said: “Organizations are quickly embracing digital transformation and automation. Meanwhile, applications—how they are built, the infrastructures they run on, and the data that fuels them—are ever-evolving. In his new role, Bart will be uniquely placed to listen to and help our customers and partners. This includes ways to deliver, and protect, apps and APIs – irrespective of where they are hosted.”
Bart Salaets, Field Chief Technology Officer in EMEA at F5, said: “This is an exciting new challenge for me and my Solution Architect team to embark on. Central to my new role will be to ensure our values are fully aligned with market and industry realities. It will involve a lot of listening and engagement, particularly as we look to support innovative digital transformation in new markets.”
Geng Lin, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at F5, said: “Today, businesses in every industry are on a digital transformation journey. F5’s Adaptive Applications vision and solution portfolio help businesses become more agile, secure, and application driven. Bart’s experience and leadership in application services, solution architecture, and customer engagement made him well suited to this strategic role.”