Paul Sagan, the company's second chief executive, was elected to the Akamai Board of Directors in January 2005, and he served as Vice Chairman from January 2013 until May 2015. Mr. Sagan joined Akamai in October 1998 as chief operating officer, became president the following year, and was CEO from April 2005 until 2013 when Tom Leighton succeeded him as the company's chief executive.
Mr. Sagan is a managing director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Palo Alto, California, and New York City. Previously, he was an executive in residence at the firm.
Mr. Sagan is also a director of VMware, Inc. and privately-held companies Catalina Labs and Moderna Therapeutics. Previously, he served as a director of iRobot Corp, as well as Dow Jones & Company (acquired by News Corp.), Digitas, Inc. (acquired by Publicis Group), EMC Corp. (acquired by Dell Technologies), and Maven Networks (acquired by Yahoo!).
President Obama appointed Mr. Sagan to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010 and he served until 2017. Governor Charlie Baker appointed Mr. Sagan to be Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2015.
Before joining Akamai, Mr. Sagan served as senior advisor to the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 1998, and from 1991 until 1997 he held a number of management positions at Time Warner, including president and editor of new media at Time Inc. from 1995 until 1997. As an executive at Time Warner, Mr. Sagan was a founder of Road Runner, the world's first broadband cable modem service, and Pathfinder, one of the early web properties that pioneered Internet advertising.
Mr. Sagan joined Time Warner Cable to design and launch NY 1 News, the television news network based in New York City. Mr. Sagan's career began in broadcast television news. He joined WCBS-TV in 1981 as a news writer and was named news director in 1987.
He is a three-time Emmy Award winner for broadcast journalism in New York; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008; the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the technology category. In 1996 the World Economic Forum named him a Global Leader for Tomorrow.
Mr. Sagan is also chairman of ProPublica; a member of the Visiting Committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and a Life Trustee of Northwestern University and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a member of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.