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December 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

F5’s McAdam joins Tableau board

Fremont analytics and visualization venture Tableau Software is adding some enterprise perspective.

The company today announced that F5 Chief Executive John McAdam is joining its board of directors.

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McAdam has led F5 into becoming a $1 billion company, up from the $108 million a year in sales it had when he started as chief executive in 2000. Earlier McAdam was general manager of IBM’s Web server sales business.

“Tableau’s management team has created a culture of innovation that has resulted in revolutionary products with tremendous flexibility and ease of use,” McAdam said in a release. “It’s a rare breed of company that has the opportunity to make a real difference in a huge global market. I look forward to helping.”

Tableau grew past $100 million in sales this year and has been coming into position for an initial public offering. Earlier this year it hired several executives with experience handling offerings and running young public companies.

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