Mr. Leighton has been the Chief Scientist and Director of the company since 1998. Prior to that, he was a Professor of applied mathematics at MIT and a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He holds numerous patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, network algorithms, distributed computing, cryptography, and digital rights management. He has served on the President's IT Advisory Committee (PITAC), during which time he chaired the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity.
Mr. Sagan plans to remain a part-time adviser and board member.
EVP of Global Sales, Services & Support and Marketing, Robert Hughes has been promoted to President, Worldwide Operations, and EVP, Products and Development, Rick McConnell to President, Products and Development.
Mr. Hughes has served Akamai for 13 years, previously responsible for global sales and services and global marketing. Prior to Akamai, he held senior sales and BD positions at PictureTel, developing strategic sales channels to market PictureTel's TCP/IP voice, video and data product lines; and served in sales and marketing roles at Boston Scientific Corporation.
Mr. McConnell joined Akamai in 2011 and has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development, innovation, and productivity of Akamai's product divisions. Prior to that, he as VP and GM of the Unified Communications BU in Cisco's Voice Technology Group, and led strategy and operations for Cisco’s Communications and Collaboration business.