Akamai Announces CEO Succession

                       Akamai Announces CEO Succession

PR Newswire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 17, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oTom Leighton, Akamai Co-Founder, to become CEO effective January 1, 2013
  oCompany to host Investor Summit on March 11, 2013

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) today announced that the Akamai Board
of Directors has elected company Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Tom
Leighton to become CEO of Akamai effective January 1, 2013. He will succeed
Paul Sagan who announced earlier this year that he intended to step down as
chief executive by the end of 2013. Dr. Leighton and Mr. Sagan will remain
Akamai directors, and Mr. Sagan will become a senior advisor to the company,
working with Dr. Leighton on business strategy and to ensure a smooth
management transition.

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The company also announced today that it will host an investor summit at the
Boston Marriott Cambridge on Monday, March 11, 2013, for Akamai management to
present key company priorities, product roadmaps and insights into major IT
trends related to security, cloud computing, mobile, video, and big data.

Since co-founding Akamai in 1998, Dr. Leighton has been responsible for
Akamai's technology vision and has been one of the principal architects of the
company's strategic direction while serving as Chief Scientist, as a member of
Akamai's senior executive team, and on the Board of Directors. Dr. Leighton
is a renowned Internet technologist and has been a key driver of Akamai's
transformation from Internet startup to leading cloud infrastructure services
platform. He has played a major role in charting the course for many of
Akamai's key product innovations, strategic accomplishments, and technological
breakthroughs, from site and application acceleration to Web security and
cloud infrastructure services.

"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 Mr. Sagan. "He is an innovator with a deep understanding of the
shifting landscape in public and private clouds, distributed computing
platforms, and Internet security. Tom has earned the trust and respect of our
customers, partners, employees, and shareholders through his hard work and
vision over the past 14 years. He is supported by a highly experienced
management team, and I join in the Board's unanimous support and confidence in
Tom's ability to continue driving Akamai forward."

"We've made tremendous progress building Akamai by developing innovative cloud
infrastructure services while continuing to grow our content delivery
services," said Dr. Leighton. "I am proud of what we have accomplished as a
team, but I'm even more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, driven
by the pervasive use of the Internet in today's hyperconnected world. Akamai
is extremely well positioned to offer innovative new solutions on our unique
Intelligent Platform that are designed to help our customers succeed by
harnessing the power of cloud computing, mobile solutions, online video, and
big data, all while protecting their business from the increasing threat of
cyber attacks."

The company announced in April that it was starting an independent
director-led search to name a new CEO to succeed Mr. Sagan, who has served as
CEO since 2005. Under Mr. Sagan's leadership, the company surpassed $1
billion dollars in annual revenue, completed numerous strategic acquisitions,
and emerged as a leader in Internet performance and cloud infrastructure
services. "Working with Paul for more than a decade has been a tremendous
experience," said Dr. Leighton, "and I look forward to continuing to
collaborate closely with him in the future."

"When we began evaluating our options for the next CEO of Akamai, our
objective was simply to have the best possible leadership team in place for
continued growth and innovation in the years ahead, and that's what we're
doing with Tom's appointment," explained Martin Coyne II, Lead Director of
Akamai's Board. "We conducted an exhaustive review of the company's strategy
and opportunities as we evaluated a broad range of potential candidates. We
are confident that naming Tom is the best and most natural evolution of
management responsibility at Akamai."

George H. Conrades, Chairman of the Akamai Board, added, "Innovation has been
fundamental to Akamai's success from the beginning and will be even more so in
the future. Tom has led Akamai's focus on innovation since day one, working
directly with customers and partners on breakthrough technologies for
leveraging the power of distributed computing. As a Board, we are excited
about Akamai's prospects for delivering even greater customer value under
Tom's leadership. We also are extremely grateful for Paul's outstanding
contributions to Akamai's success and his sterling record of accomplishment
that built Akamai into an S&P 500 company. We are delighted that he will
continue in an active role supporting Tom and the entire leadership team."

Prior to founding Akamai, Dr. Leighton was a Professor of Applied Mathematics
at MIT and a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory (CSAIL). Dr. Leighton holds numerous patents involving content
delivery, Internet protocols, network algorithms, distributed computing,
cryptography, and digital rights management. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Leighton
served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC),
during which time he chaired the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. Dr. Leighton
is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy
of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences.

About Akamai
Akamai^® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure,
high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the
Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive
reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and
expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly
mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to
securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating
the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com
or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This release contains information about future expectations, plans and
prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements
for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those
indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important
factors including, but not limited to delay in developing or failure to
develop innovative new service offerings or functionalities, and if developed,
lack of market acceptance of such service offerings and functionalities or
failure of such solutions to operate as expected, and other factors that are
discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on
Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

Jeff Young               Natalie Temple

Media Relations          Investor Relations
617-444-3913             617-444-3635

jyoung@akamai.com        ntemple@akamai.com

SOURCE Akamai Technologies, Inc.

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