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17 December 2012
CDN provider Akamai has announced a major management reshuffle with Tom Leighton taking the position of CEO effective January 1.
Leighton, who was previously
co-founder and chief scientist at the company, replaces Paul
Sagan who announced he would be stepping down in April.
The company has also appointed Robert Hughes as president of
worldwide operations and Rick McConnell as president of
products and development. Both are EVPs at Akamai and will also
take their positions on January 1, serving under
Both Leighton and Sagan will remain Akamai directors and Sagan
will become a senior advisor to the company helping Leighton on
business strategy and to ensure a smooth management
"Akamai is extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding
executive with Tom's business and technology experience to lead
Akamai's next phase of growth," said Sagan. "He is an innovator
with a deep understanding of the shifting landscape in public
and private clouds, distributed computing platforms, and
Leighton helped co-found Akamai in 1998 and has been
responsible for the company’s technology vision.
Akamai said that he has played a major role in the development
of many of its product innovations, strategic accomplishments
and technological breakthroughs.
He takes the helm during a significant period for Akamai, with
the company having recently completed its
acquisition of Verivue in a bid to speed up the time to
market for its licensed CDN solution and entered into a
strategic alliance with US giant AT&T.
Before founding Akamai Leighton was a professor of applied
mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and
a member of the institute’s computer science and
artificial intelligence laboratory. He holds various patents in
content delivery, internet protocols, network algorithms,
distributed computing, cryptography and digital rights
From 2003 to 2005 Leighton served on the US
President’s Information Technology Advisory
Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Cyber-security.