Kumud Kalia is Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Akamai, responsible for leading strategy, development and operation of the applications and infrastructure that enable the company's global business operations. He joined Akamai in 2011, and is focused on significant business transformation to provide an agile and efficient user experience for Akamai's customers, employees and partners. Mr. Kalia is based in Akamai's Santa Clara office.
Mr. Kalia's technology career spans more than 25 years across financial services, telecom, energy and high tech industries. He has led global teams and large scale IT projects, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures and established offshore centers for software delivery and business process outsourcing.
Prior to Akamai, Mr. Kalia was CIO & EVP Customer Operations at Direct Energy, an energy and services business operating in the U.S. and Canada. He was responsible for defining and executing several integration and transformation initiatives, to consolidate multiple acquisitions and adapt to changing business conditions. During his tenure, the business grew revenues from $5B to over $10B, while increasing productivity and efficiency.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kalia held CIO roles with Qwest Communications and Dresdner Kleinwort, and performed in senior technology, operations and strategy roles at various global investment banks, including UBS & Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Kalia holds an honors degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales and is a chartered engineer. He was named by Computerworld in 2008 as 'Best in Class' among their Premier 100 IT Leaders, and has led teams that received CIO 100, InfoWorld 100 and other awards for technology leadership and innovation.