F5 Networks readies for growth 2019 with brace of ANZ hires

F5 Networks has added Kaaren Lewis and Jade Meara to its ANZ leadership team to support the business’ expansion locally.

The firm said the two appointments will help it nurture existing customers and channel relationships, but also expand its local network – in particular in the banking, financial services and insurance space – as well as support ANZ organisations’ digital growth in today’s app-driven world.

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F5 Networks ANZ Director of Channel Sales Kaaren Lewis

Kaaren Lewis, as the newly appointed Director, Channel Sales will be leading F5’s Channel strategy and execution for ANZ. Jade Meara is joining the ANZ team as Head of Marketing to lead marketing strategy and efforts for the region.

“We are proud to have Kaaren and Jade onboard to help drive growth in ANZ through their strong technology and leadership expertise,” said Jason Baden, Managing Director for ANZ.

“As organisations are moving into increasingly multi-cloud environments, our go-to-market approach needs to adapt to the new ways customers consume technologies today, and cater to their security and application service needs for tomorrow. Kaaren and Jade will be vital in helping F5 on this journey towards providing secure, flexible and easily consumable application services.”

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F5 Networks ANZ Head of Marketing Jade Meara

In addition to their local roles, and as part of F5’s Diversity & Inclusion Program, Kaaren and Jade will join F5 Connects Women’s employee inclusion group, which aims to unite F5 employees around the world to support the equality and advancement of women.

About Jade Meara

Jade joins F5 with over 12 years’ experience in the ICT industry, having held various marketing roles at leading technology organisations such as Ingram Micro, IBM, Konica Minolta, Pure Storage and Nutanix. Jade won several industry awards over the years, in particular for her work as a female leader in the ANZ tech industry. She also occupies a position as a Volunteer Executive Board member for Females in IT and Telecommunications (FitT).

“I am looking forward to working with the F5 team as we look to help customers take their digital journeys one step further in the application capital era,” said Meara.

“F5 is going through exciting changes with a lot of potential for growth in the ANZ market, and I’m excited to be driving this with the team.”

About Kaaren Lewis

Kaaren Lewis has 25 years’ experience, holding key channel and sales roles and has strong expertise in the technology space. She spent over seven years working for IBM, before moving to HP and Dell where she held various leadership positions, including managing director, SMB for HP ANZ. She more recently held sales and channel roles at Canon Australia and CommVault Australia.

“For the ANZ channel, moving to an application-first era means the need to develop new business models, provide new security expertise, and overall be able to deliver the right solutions and frameworks to build and deliver apps that are faster, smarter and safer,” said Lewis.

“2019 is going to be a big year for F5 and my focus will be on helping the ANZ channel community share this potential for growth.”

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