Mike Afergan is Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Web Experience Division at Akamai. Dr. Afergan leads the Akamai team responsible for a powerful set of integrated technologies that enable businesses to leverage the web with instant and aware experiences across any device anywhere. With a focus on site optimization, web application acceleration, and mobile, the Akamai Web Experience Division builds products and solutions for the situational performance challenges that are part of today’s new web reality.
Dr. Afergan joined Akamai in 1999 as one of Akamai's first technical leaders and has since served as Chief Technology Officer for six years and previously in key roles within Akamai's Engineering and Product organizations as well as building Akamai's advertising business and organization. In these leadership roles, he has been instrumental in developing Akamai's innovative technology and product strategies—working on a variety of Akamai's industry-leading products and directly with many of Akamai's largest customers.
Prior to Akamai, Dr. Afergan was the second employee at Constant Contact, a pioneering software as a service (SaaS) provider, and ran a software consulting company for over ten years, working for a variety of companies ranging from Bose and Fidelity to start-ups. He authored several trade magazine articles and books including Java Quick Reference (Macmillan), which has been translated into six languages. He has also designed and led several technology training courses internationally.
Dr. Afergan also has a distinguished academic research career. At MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and at Harvard, he has conducted research in the areas of networking and distributed systems. This includes the impact of economic incentives on networked systems, reliable networking and content distribution protocols, and wireless protocols and architectures. He has authored a number of academic publications on these topics.
His work has won him several industry accolades, and he is an invited speaker in a variety of industry and academic forums.
Dr. Afergan graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science and a focus on Economics. He holds a S.M. from Harvard University and a PhD from MIT, both in Computer Science. He is also a graduate of the Greater Boston Executive Program from the Sloan School at MIT.