Former F5 and Isilon exec Brett Helsel joins Apptio as VP of engineering

Apptio continues to gobble up top talent as it heads toward an initial public offering. The Bellevue enterprise software maker has hired Brett Helsel as senior vice president of engineering operations, a notable addition to the team given his experience helping build two of the region’s biggest tech infrastructure companies.

Helsel most recently ran the engineering operations at Isilon, which was acquired by EMC for $2.5 billion in 2010. Before that, he served as CEO of Lockdown Networks and CTO at F5 Networks.

“As we accelerate our growth into a large-scale enterprise technology company, we must continue to attract top talent from around the industry,” said Sunny Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Apptio. “Brett brings tremendous depth and experience leading teams that build market-leading products, and his strong customer focus will make him a key contributor to the continued success of our business.”

In addition to Helsel, Apptio earlier this year hired former RealNetworks CEO Bob Kimball as executive vice president of operations and corporate development. That followed a $50 million venture capital round from T. Rowe Price, Madrona Venture Group and others, a deal that valued the company at about $600 million.

Apptio, whose customers include Bank of America, Boeing, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, and St. Luke’s Health System, sells on-demand software and services for managing corporate IT departments.

  • frankpaterra

    Congrats to Apptio and Brett!