Akamai Technologies, Inc., a tech company dedicated to protecting and delivering digital experiences, announced the appointment of Sharon Y. Bowen to the Akamai Board of Directors.
The appointment was 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.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I join Akamai’s board,” said Bowen. “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.”
Prior to Intercontinental Exchange, she served as a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for three years. During that role, she had a comprehensive international engagement with central banks, regulators and market participants across the globe.
Bowen was also confirmed by the United States Senate and appointed by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to serve as vice-chair of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Two years later, she served as the role of acting chair in March 2012. Bowen also serves on the board of Neuberger Berman Group LLC.
“Akamai is pleased to welcome such a distinguished financial and legal expert to its board of directors,” said Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai’s 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in economics from the 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.