Rick McConnell is President, Products and Development at Akamai, responsible for managing Akamai's product divisions, engineering and corporate development teams. Since joining Akamai in 2011, Mr. McConnell has been instrumental in managing and scaling the development, innovation and productivity of Akamai's product divisions. Under his leadership, Akamai has released market-leading solutions in the areas of site and application acceleration, enterprise cloud, security, mobile performance and media. Mr. McConnell is based in Akamai's San Mateo, CA, office.
With over 25 years of product and business development expertise, Mr. McConnell has focused his career on the areas of Internet communications and collaboration technologies.
Prior to Akamai, Mr. McConnell served in a number of senior executive positions at Cisco Systems. Mr. McConnell was Vice President and General Manager of the Unified Communications Business Unit in Cisco's Voice Technology Group, managing more than 600 people around the globe in engineering and product management. His time at Cisco also includes having led strategy and operations for the company's $5 billion Communications and Collaboration business. He also served as Vice President, Collaboration Software Sales, responsible for global WebEx sales and for Cisco's workspace applications, including conferencing and client software.
Mr. McConnell joined Cisco in 2004 when Cisco acquired Latitude Communications, a provider of fully integrated voice and web conferencing solutions. He served as Latitude's President and Chief Executive Officer beginning in 2002, and prior to that was the company's President and Chief Operating Officer.
Earlier in his career, Mr. McConnell was an executive at Storm Technology, and he was a financial engineer at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Mr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Economics and a Masters of Business Administration, both from Stanford University.