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CDN Operator Akamai Names VP and GM of Carrier Products Division

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Content delivery network operator Akamai announced on Monday it has named veteran executive Richard “Mick” Scully the vice president and general manager of its carrier products. In this new position he will lead the company’s Aura Network Solutions line of managed and licensed CDN offerings.

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This is the third major appointment Akamai has announced this year, following the appointments of James Benson to executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Kumud Kalia to chief information officer.

With over 25 years of leadership experience in product management and marketing, strategic planning and business development, Scully will have global responsibility for Akamai solutions sold to network operators and carriers, including its recently launched Aura Network Solutions.

Scully 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 and licensed 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.”

Scully previously served for seven years at Cisco, where he 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.

As Vice president of product for The Virtual Computing Environment Company, he focused on the management of cloud deployments of converged infrastructure.

Prior to his time at Cisco, Scully was founder, president and CEO of Appian Communications. Under his lead, the company successfully raised $95 million in venture funding.

Earlier in his career, Scully served as VP 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.

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