Veteran IT and network infrastructure executive to lead Akamai's Aura Network Solutions line of managed and licensed CDN offerings
Former executive at Cisco, Scully most recently served as Vice President of Product for VCE, The Virtual Computing Environment Company
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, announced today the appointment of Richard "Mick" Scully as Vice President and General Manager of Akamai's Carrier Products Division. With over 25 years of leadership experience in product management & marketing, strategic planning and business development, Mr. Scully will have global responsibility for Akamai solutions sold to network operators and carriers, including the Company's recently launched Aura Network Solutions. He will report to Robert Blumofe, Senior Vice President of the Akamai Platform Division.
Akamai's Carrier Products Division is focused on solutions for network operators looking to leverage CDN capabilities within their own networks. Akamai's Aura Network Solutions are designed to provide both managed (MCDN) and licensed (LCDN) models for helping network operators and carriers monetize their traffic and reduce network costs.
"As Akamai looks to expand its business of creating operator CDN solutions, it was critical for us to find the right executive with outstanding leadership qualities, extensive experience developing and launching products, and a deep understanding of the carrier space," Mr. Blumofe said. "We believe Mick will be an invaluable addition to our team as we develop solutions designed to help operators create cost efficient networks that can capitalize on the explosive growth in Internet traffic and new subscriber services without the complexity of building a CDN."
"Content delivery technologies have become a strategic part of how network operators can continue to grow revenue while driving efficiency," Mr. Scully said. "Akamai is well positioned for this emerging Operator CDN market. Not only do they have an exceptionally rich history of working with network providers, but Akamai is also able to offer Operator CDNs instant federation to their highly-differentiated and scalable platform. I'm very excited to be working with such a talented group of engineers, product development, sales and marketing people."
During his seven years at Cisco, Mr. Scully held executive roles within the multi-billion dollar security and access routing technology business units, and within the VCE Company, a joint venture between Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel. At the VCE Company, he focused on the management of cloud deployments of converged infrastructure.
Prior to his time at Cisco, Mr. Scully was Founder, President and CEO of Appian Communications. Under his watch, the company successfully raised $95 million in venture funding.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Scully was a part of the Proteon Incorporated team that launched one of the world's first commercially available router products. He served as Vice President of Product Management at Wellfleet Communications, helping grow router product-line revenue from $50 to $540 million. He also played a significant role in the merger of Wellfleet with Synoptics to form Bay Networks, which would grow to $2.5 billion in just under 5 years.
Mr. Scully holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering, both from Boston University.
He will be based in Akamai's Cambridge, MA headquarters.
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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, failure of Aura Network Solutions to develop as expected or include all proposed features and functionalities, inability of Akamai services to operate as expected or to address intended market needs, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.