In April 1999, George Conrades was named chairman and chief executive officer of Akamai, bringing a broad range of business experience in the computing, Internet, telecommunications, and media industries. Mr. Conrades became Executive Chairman of Akamai in April 2005 and was succeeded as CEO by Paul Sagan, Akamai’s president.
Before joining Akamai, Mr. Conrades was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm’s acquisition of BBN Corporation in 1997. At GTE, he was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking and leading GTE’s rapid growth in the data and Internet business, including integrated telecommunications services.
From 1994 until GTE’s acquisition of BBN, Mr. Conrades served as CEO of BBN, which became one of the industry’s top-tier ISPs. BBN helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today’s modern Internet.
Prior to BBN, Mr. Conrades was an IBM senior vice president and member of IBM’s Corporate Management Board. There, he was responsible for several of its key businesses including IBM United States, IBM Asia/Pacific and two manufacturing and development groups.
Mr. Conrades serves on the Board of Directors for Oracle, Harley-Davidson, BBN Technologies and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. He also serves as a venture partner at Polaris Venture Partners, an early stage investment company. In addition, Mr. Conrades serves on the Board of Trustees for the Scripps Research Institute, Ohio Wesleyan University and New Profit, an early stage venture philanthropy investment organization. Mr. Conrades also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Conrades is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with majors in physics and mathematics. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.