Monte E. Ford joined Akamai as a director in June 2013. He currently serves as a Principal Partner at the Chief Information Officer Strategy Exchange, as a Network Partner to Brightwood Capital Advisors, which provides growth capital to growing middle-market businesses, and as an Industry Advisor of Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC.
Widely regarded as a leader in the field of information technology, Mr. Ford has been recognized as one of the '50 Smartest People in Technology' by Fortune magazine for his transformative leadership and progressive thinking as a CIO. He has served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive of Aptean Software and CIO of AMR Corporation and Associates First Capital.
At Aptean, Mr. Ford was responsible for all aspects of the company's business. At American Airlines, his duties included AMR's information technology services (ITS) group, Operations Research and the airline's award-winning website, AA.com.
Ford has held executive management positions with The Associates First Capital Corporation, Bank of Boston and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has served as a director of several institutions, as well as on the Research Board and CIO Strategy Exchange.
In addition to Akamai, Mr. Ford serves on the Boards of The Michaels Companies, Inc. and Visionary Integration Professionals, LLC.
As one of the first inductees to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine, Mr. Ford has been a frequent guest writer for major technology publications on topics such as the future of the technology workforce, vendor relationship management and the future role of the CIO.