Robert W. Hughes
President, Worldwide Operations
Robert (Bob) Hughes is President of Worldwide Operations at Akamai. Serving on Akamai's executive leadership team for more than a decade, Mr. Hughes oversees the company's day-to-day global business operations. He is responsible for all aspects of the Akamai customer experience, including direct and indirect sales channels, services and support functions, go-to-market strategy, branding, and human resources. With over $1 billion in annual revenue and serving more Web traffic than anyone in the world, Akamai has grown to become the leading cloud platform for businesses to securely deliver high performing user experiences to any device, anywhere.
Mr. Hughes' responsibilities include leading Akamai's global expansion and revenue growth by continually bringing innovative solutions to market to meet the evolving needs of online businesses worldwide. He has led the strategic development of Akamai's direct and indirect sales organization, the growth of the company's professional services practice and the establishment of Akamai's regional headquarters in Zurich and Singapore. By establishing global centers of excellence in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, Mr. Hughes has championed the expansion of Akamai's operations, bringing the company’s technology, services and support closer to its customers.
During his tenure at Akamai, Mr. Hughes has consistently cultivated new business opportunities in existing and emerging markets, as well as taking on a range of leadership responsibilities across the company. In addition to leading global sales, services and marketing, he ran product management at Akamai from 2006 to 2008.
Prior to Akamai, Mr. Hughes held senior sales and business development positions at PictureTel Corporation, developing strategic sales channels to market PictureTel's TCP/IP voice, video and data product lines; and served in sales and marketing roles at Boston Scientific Corporation. Mr. Hughes received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, where he currently serves on the Board of Visitors.