Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today announced the appointment of Ashutosh (Ash) Kulkarni as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Company's Web Experience Division.
Mr. Kulkarni will lead the Akamai team focused on technology and solutions for optimizing the next generation of Web and mobile experiences across a wide range of device types, browsers and network connections. Akamai Web Performance solutions are designed to enable businesses to provide a fast, reliable and secure experience for consumers accessing their websites and applications. Mr. Kulkarni will report to Rick McConnell, Akamai's President of Products & Development. He will be based in Akamai's Santa Clara, California office.
"Ash is an accomplished products executive with very relevant experience that matchesAkamai's vision for making the Internet fast, reliable, and secure," said McConnell. "We believe that his track record of success in productizing infrastructure software, generating go-to-market results, and managing global and diverse teams, all make Ash an ideal fit for Akamai's innovative culture."
Prior to Akamai, Mr. Kulkarni served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Informatica's Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses. He has also held senior VP and GM roles at Informatica for Data Integration and Data Quality, and for Informatica's portfolio of emerging technology areas including Big Data, B2B, Ultra Messaging, Complex Event Processing (CEP), and Data Replication.
"At its core, Akamai has always been about delivering sustained value to businesses by optimizing the performance and security of the end user experience," said Kulkarni. "Today, businesses are engaging with their customers through rich and dynamic applications delivered to their end users in every corner of the world over a variety of networks and on a staggering range of devices. Akamai has the unique ability to improve the broadest range of end user experiences of these social, mobile and business applications through its tremendous technology and platform advantage. I look forward to joining such a talented and innovative team."
In addition to Informatica, Mr. Kulkarni also spent several years at Sun Microsystems in various product management and development roles where he was responsible for leading Sun's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative.
Mr. Kulkarni earned his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai; his Master of Science from the University of Texas at Austin; and his Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.