Akamai expands EMEA executive team

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, has made a number of high level strategic appointments to its EMEA management team to support its growing business in the region under the leadership of Mark Vargo, the company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA.

Building on its successes in the telco market through relationships with telecommunication giants such as Orange and Swisscom, Akamai has appointed Mark Weeks as Regional Vice President Service Providers, EMEA. Based at Akamai’s new European head office in Addlestone, UK, Weeks is responsible for growing the business transacted with and through the service providers in EMEA. He joined Akamai from BT Global Services where he was the General Manager for Global Banking & Financial Markets since 2010, prior to which he worked in BT Wholesale, managing its relationships with Vodafone and BT Group businesses.

Also based in the UK, is John Dillon, Akamai’s new Vice President of Marketing, EMEA, whose role is to further build Akamai’s brand and drive the marketing strategy in the region. Dillon joined Akamai from Rightster where he was Vice President of Product and Marketing.

Anita Athwal has also been appointed as Senior HR Director EMEA. Athwal will be responsible for ensuring that a seamless HR offering is provided to the region in respect of Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Benefits, Employee Relations, Performance Management and Learning & Development. She brings over 20 years‘ experience in Human Resources which has been gained in both large international organisations and small privately owned businesses. Her previous employers have included: Monitise Plc, Morse Group Ltd, Technetix, BAA, Alcatel Telecom, Nortel Networks, EDS and Cornhill Insurance.

Speaking about the recent appointments, Vargo said; “With the opening of our new EMEA headquarters in the UK, these appointments mark a significant boost for increasing Akamai’s profile and sales in this region.  I am very excited about having this new team on board and to work with them as we look forward to 2014 and beyond.”

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