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Akamai Appoints Lauren M. Van Wazer as Head of Global Public Policy

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Akamai Appoints Lauren M. Van Wazer as Head of Global Public Policy

06:30 EDT Thursday, June 27, 2013

Van Wazer most recently served as Assistant Director for Cybersecurity within the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, today announced the appointment of Lauren M. Van Wazer as Vice President of Global Public Policy.  Ms. Van Wazer is a lawyer and engineer with more than 15 years of federal government and private sector experience in public policy and regulatory law related to technology, including cybersecurity, communications infrastructure, and national security.  In this newly created position, Ms. Van Wazer will lead Akamai's public policy activities worldwide.  She will report to Akamai Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Melanie Haratunian.

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As former Assistant Director for Cybersecurity within OSTP, Ms. Van Wazer helped lead policy development on a wide range of topics in cybersecurity, including research and development, draft legislation, supply chain risk management, incident response, privacy, and information sharing mechanisms.  She also served as OSTP's liaison to the National Security Staff Cybersecurity Directorate with primary responsibility for research and development.  Her work at OSTP was recognized with the OSTP Award for Excellence for contributions to science and technology policy.

"As Akamai expands its global public policy function, Lauren brings a wealth of experience advising industry executives and collaborating with senior government officials on technology-related policy initiatives," said Haratunian.  "We look forward to Lauren's leadership on policies and standards of relevance to Akamai."

"Akamai recognizes the importance of sound policy decisions, combined with technological innovation and research, in our global Internet economy," said Van Wazer.  "Government and business must work together to develop smart policies for today's hyperconnected world, especially in areas such as cybersecurity and mobile technology.  I look forward to working with policymakers in this role."

Ms. Van Wazer's background includes serving as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Management and Budget.  She has also held roles as the Chief Policy and Technology Counsel for Cox Enterprises, where she was the lead for regulatory affairs; and served for over six years as Associate Chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology, where she helped develop and implement wireless broadband, homeland security, and telecommunications technology policy. 

Ms. Van Wazer holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.S.E. in Systems Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering.

About Akamai Akamai® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere.  At the core of the Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform? providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise.  Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud.  To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit or, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.


Jeff YoungMedia


Natalie TempleInvestor Relations617-444-3635

SOURCE Akamai Technologies, Inc.

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