Akamai Technologies, Inc., has announced the appointment of Sharon Y. Bowen to fill a newly-created vacancy on the Akamai Board of Directors effective April 2, 2021.
Bowen has been a member of the board of directors of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. since December 2017, where she also serves on the boards of certain New York Stock Exchange U.S.-regulated exchanges. Prior to Intercontinental Exchange, she served as a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
“Akamai is pleased to welcome such a distinguished financial and legal expert to its board of directors,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai chief executive officer and co-founder. “In an environment with evolving regulatory developments and market risks, we look forward to benefiting from Sharon’s vast experience and expertise.”
Bowen began her professional career as an attorney whose practice involved corporate, finance and securities transactions for large global corporations and financial institutions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, strategic alliances, corporate restructurings and leveraged finance. She also has extensive expertise in corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I join Akamai’s board,” Bowen said. “Akamai plays a vital role in maintaining a reliable and secure internet. I look forward to contributing to its future success at this critical moment in history.”
Bowen holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in economics from University of Virginia, a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, also at Northwestern University.