Aug. 28: Award-winning CEO to speak at Power Breakfast

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

McAdamSEATTLE – John McAdam, a chief executive officer who has grown his company’s annual revenue from $108.6 million to more than $1.2 billion, will discuss “Managing Business Transformation” as guest speaker at the annual Washington State University Carson College of Business Power Breakfast.

The event will be 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle. Register for $40 online at until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The breakfast is designed to inform, inspire and engage Seattle-area business leaders on contemporary business issues.

As president, CEO and director since July 2000 of F5 Networks (, McAdam successfully navigated the turbulent post-dot-com era, bringing the company to profitability and positioning it for further growth.

He has overseen numerous successful acquisitions, guiding F5 into new and adjacent markets that enhance the company’s core application delivery solutions. Under his leadership, F5 was added to the S&P 500 – one of the world’s most widely followed stock market indices.

McAdam has received numerous leadership awards, including Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2013 Executive of the Year, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and Best in Business Awards’ 2012 Executive of the Year, silver category. He was named to Business Insider’s 2013 list of 50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech and CRN’s list of Top 25 Innovators for 2012.

Prior to joining F5, McAdam served as general manager of the Web server sales business at IBM. From January 1995 until August 1999, he was president and chief operating officer of Sequent Computer Systems, a manufacturer of high-end open systems, which was sold to IBM in September 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

For more information about registration, event information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Naughton at 509-335-8285 or


Jennifer Naughton, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-8285,

Sue McMurray, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578,