Akamai Founder Takes Rein as CEO; Company Promotes Other Senior Execs
Akamai Technologies has tapped mathematician Co-founder and Chief Scientist Tom Leighton, 56, as its new CEO, taking over a job held since 2005 by Paul Sagan, 53, who announced plans earlier this year to step down from his role.
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.
Go Daddy Appoints Former Yahoo! Product Exec as CEO; Names Other Senior Execs
Go Daddy, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates, named Blake Irving, 51, as CEO. Irving will succeed Scott Wagner, a Member of KKR who has been serving as interim CEO since mid-2012. Mr. Irving became Yahoo’s EVP and Chief Product Officer in 2010. Prior to that, he served as a member of the faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu, California and in various positions at Microsoft, most recently as corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows Live Platform group. Before joining Microsoft, he held development and marketing management positions at Xerox, Oki Electric Industry, and Compaq.
Go Daddy also named two other senior executives. It hired David Popowitz as SVP of Corporate Development, and Raj Mukherjee as VP and General Manager of its Site Builder Product Line. Popwitz was an Advisor at VoiceBase, and an investment banker at Credit Suisse. Mukherjee was previously Product Manager and Partner Technology Manager at Google and Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft.
Colt Technology Services Names EVP of Data Center Services
IT delivery platform Colt Technology Services named Adriaan Oosthoek as EVP of Colt Data Center Services. He will succeed Bernard Geoghegan, who is leaving Colt to pursue other opportunities. Oosthoek most recently served as managing director of the UK business at Telecity Group, where he was responsible for developing company reputation and presence in that market. Previously, he was a founder of the Dutch subsidiary of European IT services and solutions provider Teles. In this position, he held many different senior management roles in which he was responsible for several regional markets throughout Europe. He has also held senior positions at Racal Datacom and Raet Systems & Services.
Former BMC and CA Exec named CEO at Cloud Encryption Firm SafeNet
SafeNet named information security and cloud veteran Dave Hansen as the company's new president and CEO, succeeding Chris Fedde. Hansen will also join SafeNet's board of directors. Hansen has significant experience in creating and executing IT strategies and solutions for enterprises. He most recently served as VP and general manager of BMC through its acquisition of Numara Software, where he served as the company’s president and CEO. Prior to Numara Software, Hansen spent more than nine years at CA Technologies. During this time he led the development and execution of the company’s enterprise solutions and cloud strategy to create a comprehensive portfolio of cloud products and enterprise solutions. He also led CA Technologies’ security business unit, where he delivered new versions of enterprise identity and access management solutions. Prior to that, Hansen served as CA’s CIO where he led the implementation of the company’s global IT strategy, applications development, and IT compliance.
Expedient Names Regional VP for Further Expansion
Web hosting and data center provider Expedient has named Michael DeAloia its new regional VP, to add leadership depth in one of Expedient’s core markets to help meet the demands created by its continuing growth. DeAloia has been an active member of the Cleveland business community for the past 13 years. He has significant experience in serving in finance and business development roles at local ventures like Emerging Chefs, the LNE Group, FIT Technologies and BlueBridge Networks. He served from 2004 through 2007 in the Mayor Campbell and Mayor Jackson administrations as senior executive for technology development, a position many dubbed as “Tech Czar”. During this time, DeAloia was credited with facilitating millions of dollars in financing for local technology ventures, along with recruiting 37 tech related companies to relocate to Cleveland, which helped create 1,000 new jobs.
Former ViaWest Exec Joins PeakColo as VP of Marketing
Web hosting provider PeakColo has named Laurel Burton as VP of marketing. Burton joins PeakColo from ViaWest, where she served as VP of marketing from early 2011. At PeakColo, Burton will oversee all aspects of its branding, online activity, public relations, and lead generation efforts. During her tenure at ViaWest she overhauled the company’s brand identity, leading the corporate website design and re-launch. She instituted lead geneartion, corporate communications and analyst relations functions. Prior to ViaWest, Burton held management role at Qwest Communications in marketing and product management.
Date Range - December 3rd - December 31st