Akamai Technologies, Inc. , the world’s most trusted solution to power and protect digital experiences, today announced that Mani Sundaram, currently Akamai’s EVP and chief information officer (CIO), has been named EVP & general manager of the Security Technology Group (STG), and that Kate Prouty is being promoted to CIO. These changes are effective December 13, 2021. Rick McConnell, Akamai’s president and current general manager for STG, will be leaving Akamai to become CEO of a public company after transitioning responsibilities to Mr. Sundaram.
Mr. Sundaram is a 15-year Akamai veteran who currently oversees Akamai’s Infosec, IT, and Global Services functions. “Mani is an excellent choice to lead STG’s next phase of innovation and growth,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “He oversaw the growth of our Security Operations Centers from a single facility in 2014 to a global operation that today supports thousands of the world’s leading enterprises. He led the development of our very successful managed security services over the last seven years, and has developed deep relationships with many of our most important security customers.
As CIO, he was also the first buyer of our security products and has been particularly engaged with our fast-growing enterprise security products. Throughout his distinguished career at Akamai, he has demonstrated agility, strong and authentic leadership of a multi-thousand-person organization, and a customer-first mindset.”
“I’m really excited to take on the leadership of our Security Technology Group,” Mr. Sundaram commented. “The nature of internet security is evolving rapidly and I’ve had a unique vantage point of helping Akamai and our customers unlock the value of our products and services. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to apply this experience to building the next generation of Akamai’s world-leading security offerings.”
Mr. Sundaram’s current CIO role will be assumed by Kate Prouty. Ms. Prouty has had a distinguished 22-year career at Akamai, leading the transformation of Akamai’s business processes with an emphasis on flexibility, agility, and user experience. “Kate understands that success requires the right combination of people and technology,” Dr Leighton continued. “She has been instrumental in developing systems that have been foundational to the company’s growth and scale, ensuring the smooth operation of our business and helping us best serve our customers. She also brings an adept understanding of security, risk and compliance across our industry and our business.”
Commenting on Mr. McConnell, Dr. Leighton added, “We thank Rick for the significant contributions he’s made in helping drive Akamai’s growth over the past 10 years. He played an important role in building our security business and laying the foundation for future growth in this critical segment, which now exceeds $1.3 billion in annual revenue. He has also been instrumental in managing and scaling Akamai’s product development process, accelerating innovation and improving productivity. We wish him the very best in the next phase of his career.”