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University of Virginia, School of Law, JD 1994
University of Mississippi, BBA 1990
The University of Edinburgh, MS
Law & Economics -- European Union


Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

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Robert Wood

Robert Wood is Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Akamai. His responsibilities include leading Akamai’s corporate development and strategic partnership activities, as well as long-term planning. Mr. Wood brings over 15 years of deal experience in the technology, financial services, and outsourcing industries, covering a wide range of strategic transactions.

Mr. Wood joined Akamai’s Business Development group as it was being formed in 1999. Since that time, he has led Akamai’s acquisitions of businesses including Speedera Networks, Nine Systems Corporation, Netli, Red Swoosh and acerno, and has overseen the development of joint ventures, spin-out transactions, and numerous strategic partnerships.

Prior to Akamai, Mr. Wood helped found the corporate electronic commerce and Internet practice at Alston & Bird LLP, one of the nation’s leading corporate and technology law firms. He has completed more than $25 billion worth of transactions in mergers and acquisitions and corporate securities work for technology companies and financial institutions.

Mr. Wood holds a JD from the University of Virginia, an LLM from the University of Edinburgh, and a BBA in finance and banking from the University of Mississippi.

Mr. Wood serves as a Director of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange and as a Trustee of the Community Charter School of Cambridge.

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