Technology — 31 March 2011
Akamai Technologies new VP will drive Asia-Pacific growth

Akamai Technologies new VP will drive Asia-Pacific growth.

Akamai Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of cloud optimisation services, has appointed David Rich as Vice President, Asia Pacific to lead its rapidly expanding regional team covering Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

David Rich has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech and telecom sector, previously holding senior management roles at Verizon Business, Global One and Cable & Wireless, where he gained an in-depth knowledge of the business and regulatory landscape across Asia Pacific.

Based out of Akamai’s regional headquarters in Singapore, David Rich will be responsible for driving the company’s growth throughout the region, helping businesses to securely power rich media, enterprise applications and cloud services online.

Akamai works with some of the best-known brands worldwide who use the Internet for business, including one-third of Global 500® companies, the top 20 global eCommerce sites, nine out of ten top global banks, and the top 30 media and entertainment companies. Customers in Asia include Cathay Pacific, Standard Chartered, Air Asia and Rediff.

Akamai achieved $1 billion (U.S.) in revenue in 2010 and expanded headcount in APAC by 30 percent. In addition, Akamai has opened a new office in Hong Kong to support regional enterprises with cloud adoption, eCommerce and next generation media. Betty Lin, formerly of Sun Microsystems HK, has also joined Akamai, and will serve as Country Manager for Hong Kong and Taiwan, reporting to David Rich.

“The Asia Pacific region is experiencing a rapid increase in the adoption of Internet-enabled mobile devices as businesses move more of their mission-critical applications online,” said Robert Hughes, executive vice president, Global Sales, Services & Marketing at Akamai. “We see high growth potential in Asia Pacific, and remain focused on providing enterprises with advanced services that will help them better leverage the cloud. David bolsters an already experienced Akamai team across multiple countries and regional offices. His insight and leadership are a great addition to the company, and demonstrate our commitment to this important region.”

“As an increasing number of businesses rely on the cloud to deliver critical applications, it is essential that the infrastructure in place is second to none,” said David Rich. “Akamai plays a major role in the adoption of cloud-based strategies, and the market opportunity continues to grow in this region. I look forward to working closely with our customers to ensure they have the most robust platform possible.”

Akamai® provides market-leading, cloud-based services for optimizing Web and mobile content and applications, online HD video, and secure eCommerce. Combining highly distributed, energy-efficient computing with intelligent software, Akamai’s global platform is transforming the cloud into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, transact and collaborate.

To learn how the world’s leading enterprises are optimizing their business in the cloud, please visit and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

Picture credit: PRNewswire and Akamai Technologies.


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Richard Lee

Richard has been traveling since he took a year off from college, where he was doing a BA in Journalism. He traveled half the world, backpacking with his girlfriend (now his wife). They spent time in South America, Asia, Greece and much of Europe. After writing about his experiences for several airline and travel magazines, he never went back to college.

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