F5 Senior Vice President and General Manager of Application Services Kara Sprague explains the origin of F5's unique name


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Senior Vice President Kara shares secret behind F5s name

Senior Vice President Kara shares secret behind F5's name

Kara Sprague is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Application Services at F5 Networks. She shares the secret of how F5 got its name.

Supporting girls in computing 

In her role of Senior Vice President, General Manager of Application Delivery Controller (ADC), Kara joined F5 from the global management consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, where in her thirteen-year tenure she held various leadership positions across their technology practice.

A trained computer scientist and electrical engineer, Kara serves on the board of Girls Who Code. She is a great advocate for encouraging women to pursue computing and leadership careers. Kara believes that by looking at the root causes and building the pipeline of future female computer scientists, we can press for progress for gender parity in computing. 

Behind the name

Kara explains that F5's name is a reference to a famous movie.

"It came from the movie Twister. A category five was the most stormy of the twisters in the movie and then it gave birth to F5. This was late 90s and the whole idea was about the company coming out of the storm of traffic that was happening in the Internet," says Kara.

Work in the eye if the storm

Women at F5 are certainly in the eye of the storm - they're at the center of exciting innovation and digital change. F5 is always changing with the times and expanding every day to meet new and exciting challenges in our digital world. 

F5 is also investing heavily in technology and services that quicken its evolution as a multi-cloud application services company - and this evolution means exciting opportunities for technology-minded people. 

With cloud application services are the 'currency' of digital transformation for every company - they have become a core measure of a company's worth. And this means that F5 is perfectly positioned to be a key player in exciting transformations and opportunities - and you can be part of it.

Join talented women like Kara at F5

With all these fabulous reasons to join F5, there's no better time to be part of an innovative and pioneering company - so what are you waiting for? Search for exciting job opportunities today.

 

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