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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MBA 1990
Emory University, BA 1987
Economics, English

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J.D. Sherman

J.D. Sherman is HubSpot’s Chief Operating Officer. He comes to HubSpot after spending 6 years as Akamai’s Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for finance, strategic planning, and corporate development. During his tenure, Akamai grew from just over $200 million to $1.2 billion in revenue with over 2,000 employees globally, and was added to the S&P500 index.

Prior to his time at Akamai, Sherman served as the chief financial executive of IBM’s $21 billion Systems and Technology Group. During his 15-year career at IBM, Mr. Sherman held a number of senior executive positions in Finance, including Vice President, Finance and Planning, zSeries Server Division, and Assistant Controller of IBM Corporate Financial Strategy and Budgets.

As Vice President, Finance and Planning, for the zSeries Server Division, Sherman served as financial and business leader for IBM’s $5 billion mainframe computer division. During this tenure, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of pricing strategies, and led a worldwide finance and sales operations team responsible for an $800 million expense budget.

In the role of Assistant Controller of IBM Corporate Financial Strategy and Budgets, Sherman developed IBM’s long-term financial strategy including revenue/profit growth objectives, investments, and capital requirements.

He also served as CFO for CommQuest, a 100%-owned subsidiary in the wireless semiconductor design industry, acquired by IBM in March of 1998 for $200 million. He developed the post-acquisition business plan and led the integration of CommQuest into IBM.

He currently serves on the board of Cypress Semiconductor (CY), a NASDAQ-traded semiconductor firm based in San Jose, CA.

Sherman has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Emory University.

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