Dr. Tom Leighton

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Tom Leighton is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications and cybersecurity. He co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Under his leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a content delivery network into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms. During his initial six years as Chief Executive Officer, Akamai’s security business revenue grew more than 25-fold, to more than $658 million in 2018.