Akamai President & CEO Paul Sagan Named Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award National Winner in Technology Category
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced that President & CEO Paul Sagan was named the national winner of the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the Technology category. Ernst & Young's program recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who have built and lead dynamic, high-growth businesses on a regional, national and global level. Paul Sagan was selected as a national winner from more than 300 regional Entrepreneur Of The Year® winners in over 25 U.S. cities.
The national award winners were announced at an awards gala on Saturday in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young 2009 Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of business, community and academic leaders. "The Entrepreneur Of The Year® award recognizes the importance of entrepreneurs,"said Larry Haynes, Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year®, Ernst & Young LLP. "Our economy depends on these entrepreneurs. They build businesses, support their local communities and drive innovation and development in the economy at large."
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards program celebrates its 23rd anniversary. Since 1986, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Akamai also received the Ernst & Young Venture Capital Award of Excellence at the Ernst & Young 2009 Strategic Growth Forum. The Venture Capital (VC) Award of Excellence recognizes Ernst & Young LLP's Entrepreneur Of The Year® regional winners whose companies have been backed by venture capital funding. Out of more than 50 regional 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year winners who have benefited from VC funding, these honorees were selected by an independent panel of judges from leading VC firms, including Bain Capital Ventures, Fidelity Ventures, MPM Capital, NewSpring Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Technology Cross Ventures.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
The Akamai Difference
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.