EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Ed McGowan is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Akamai. As CFO, he oversees Akamai’s Finance and IT organization, responsible for all finance and information technology functions worldwide. He directs the company’s accounting, tax, treasury, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, business finance and corporate services activities, and is responsible for IT business transformation including strategy, development, and operation of the applications and infrastructure that enable agile and efficient user experiences for Akamai’s customers, employees, and partners.
His career with Akamai began in 2000. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President, Finance, responsible for business finance, customer revenue operations, and FP&A, and for leading a corporate transformation project to drive increased levels of sustained, profitable growth. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Media and Carrier Sales. In addition to leading all aspects of the division’s sales, he developed the company’s strategic relationships with carriers around the globe, as well as coordinated carrier activity across Akamai’s sales, networks, and product organizations. He has been instrumental in the development of many strategic alliances with major global carriers including AT&T, Telefónica, PLDT, Bell Canada, Telstra, Orange, and Singtel.
Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development, and was instrumental in helping to establish Akamai’s Carrier Products business in 2012, in addition to leading numerous mergers and acquisitions from 2005 to 2012. His first role at Akamai was as Senior Director of Finance. He then took over Akamai’s Sales Operations and helped create the company’s first Business Operations Group.
Before joining Akamai, he was Controller for iCast Corporation, a CMGI company. He started his career in public accounting working for Arthur Andersen’s High Technology Practice and for PwC in their Transaction Services Group.
McGowan is a certified public accountant (CPA). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Providence College and a Certificate in Accountancy from Bentley College. He is also a graduate of the Greater Boston Executive Program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Since July 2021, he has been a member of the board of directors of WinVest Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: WINV), where he serves as Audit Committee Chairman.