George Henry Conrades
George H. Conrades was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Akamai Technologies in April 1999, and he subsequently became Executive Chairman in April 2005 and Chairman in July 2010. Before joining Akamai, Conrades was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm's acquisition of BBN Corporation (Bolt, Beranek and Newman) in 1997. At GTE, he was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking. From 1994 until GTE's acquisition of BBN, Mr. Conrades served as CEO of BBN, which helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today's Internet. Prior to BBN, Mr. Conrades was an IBM senior vice president and member of IBM's Corporate Management Board. Conrades serves on the Board of Directors of Oracle, Harley-Davidson and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. He and his wife are Life Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University. He also serves as venture partner emeritus at Polaris Venture Partners, and is Managing Partner of Longfellow Venture Partners, an early stage investment company. Conrades was also an executive producer of the 2013 documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, which won a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary He received the B.S. degree (1961) in physics and mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University and the M.B.A. (1971) from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.