Rick McConnell is President of Akamai, the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, and General Manager of the company’s Web Division. As general manager, he is responsible for leading the Web Division’s core functions of engineering and product development, product management, sales, channels and product marketing. As president of Akamai, Mr. McConnell oversees several additional functions including corporate development, the company’s product lifecycle process and customer portal.
Since joining Akamai in 2011, Mr. McConnell has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development, innovation, and productivity of Akamai’s product divisions. Under his leadership, Akamai has released market-leading solutions in the areas of website and application acceleration, enterprise cloud, security, mobile performance, and media.
Prior to Akamai, Mr. McConnell served in a number of senior executive positions at Cisco Systems including vice president and general manager of the Unified Communications Business Unit in Cisco’s Voice Technology Group; vice president of Collaboration Software Sales, responsible for global WebEx sales. His time at Cisco also includes having led strategy and operations for the company’s $5 billion Communications and Collaboration business.
Mr. McConnell joined Cisco in 2004 when Cisco acquired Latitude Communications, a provider of fully integrated voice and web conferencing solutions. He served as Latitude’s president and chief executive officer beginning in 2002, and prior to that was the company’s president and chief operating officer.
Mr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Quantitative Economics and a Master of Business Administration, both from Stanford University.