Content Delivery Network (CDN) services company, Akamai, has beefed up its Asia-Pacific and Japan team with the appointment of four seniors to help drive company growth for itself and its partners across the region.
Michael Afergan has been promoted to the role of Akamai Asia-Pacific and Japan products senior vice-president. He will be responsible for leading the region’s product development and product management teams, designing and developing products for local markets, and for overseeing product and technical engagement with customers and key partners.
Afergan has been serving Akamai since 1999 in a number of roles. He started off as one of its first technical leaders and has since served as senior vice-president and general manager of the Web experience division and as chief technology officer in addition to holding key roles within Akamai’s engineering and product divisions.
Afergan will be based in the company’s Singapore office, making his move from its corporate headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lalitha Bhaskara joins Akamai as Asia-Pacific and Japan corporate development vice-president. In this role, she will be responsible for all corporate development and strategic partnership activities and will help the company expand its strategic presence and investments in the region.
Before joining Akamai, she served as SAP’s head of markets strategy for Asia-Pacific and Japan for five years, and also held roles in business development, product management and solution consulting of SAP products for 11 years, working with SAP customers, prospects and partners across the region.
Duncan Nursey has been named Akamai Asia-Pacific and Japan carriers regional vice-president. He joins Akamai from Samsung, where he was responsible for developing the Samsung enterprise business solutions and products. Prior to this, Nursey held leadership positions with Dimension Data, ECI Telecom and EDS.
Vaughan Woods has been appointed South Asia regional sales vice-president, responsible for driving the company’s growth across ASEAN and A/NZ. He joins Akamai from his previous role as a venture capital incubator and consultant for start-ups. He also previously held sales management positions and regional leadership roles within Asia-Pacific with companies such as IBM, Rationale, 3Par, HP and BEA.
According to Akamai Asia-Pacific and Japan senior vice-president and general manager, Sanjay Singh, these appointments were made as Asia-Pacific and Japan is the fastest growing region for the company.
"We get increased growth from large enterprises, SMEs and start-ups, all looking to leverage Cloud-based solutions. These regional appointments will help drive further growth for the company and our customers,” he said.