James (Jim) Gemmell is Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Akamai. As a member of the Executive team, Mr. Gemmell leads global HR strategy including employee development, talent acquisition, inclusion and diversity and compensation and benefits across Akamai's more than 40 offices around the world.
Mr. Gemmell has more than 25 years of global HR experience within high-growth organizations attracting engineers and software developers.
Prior to Akamai, Mr. Gemmell served in a number of senior executive HR positions at Cisco Systems for 13 years. As Cisco's Chief Human Resources Officer, he was responsible for creating and implementing holistic and global people strategies, optimizing the talent portfolio, driving high levels of employee engagement and stewarding Cisco's culture.
His tenure at Cisco also included serving as Vice President, Human Resources, providing strategic and operational leadership in the areas of compensation, benefits, HR support for mergers and acquisitions and international assignments. He held HR leadership roles within the engineering and sales organizations, in corporate compensation, and in key geographic regions, including Cisco India.
Mr. Gemmell's career in HR includes positions at AlliedSignal, Mobil Oil Corporation and General Electric. He holds a BA in Economics from Union College and a Masters from Purdue University.