Paul Sagan

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Paul Sagan

Paul Sagan (born 1959) is an American businessman and an executive in residence (XIR) at General Catalyst Partners.[1] He formerly served as the Executive Vice Chairman[2] of Akamai Technologies. Sagan joined Akamai in October 1998 as Chief Operating Officer, became President the following year and was elected to the Akamai board of directors in January 2005. He became CEO in April 2005[3] and was succeeded by Akamai co-founder Tom Leighton on January 1, 2013.[4] He is a member of the board of directors of Akamai,[2] Datto, Inc.,[5] VMWare, Inc., and the not-for-profit ProPublica. He is also a trustee of his alma mater, Northwestern University.[6] Previously, he was a member of the board of directors of Dow Jones & Company,[7] Digitas,[8], EMC Corporation[9], L2, Inc.[10], Maven Networks,[11] OpenMarket,[12] FutureTense, Inc.,[13] and VDONet Corp.[14] before each company was sold. He also served for a period of time on the boards of Experience, Inc.[15] iRobot Corp. and Medialink Worldwide, Inc.[16]


Upon graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Sagan began his career at WCBS-TV as a news writer and was named news director in 1987.[17] In 1991, he joined Time Warner to design and launch NY1. In 1995 he was named president and editor of new media at Time Inc.,[18] a position he held until 1997. From 1997 to 1998 Sagan served as senior adviser to the World Economic Forum.


Sagan is married to Ann Burks Sagan and they have three children, Katharine, Michael, and Emma.


Sagan was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2010.[19] Governor Charlie Baker appointed Sagan to be Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2015.[20] He is a three time Emmy award winner for broadcast journalism in New York.[21] He became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.[22] In 2009 Sagan was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the technology category.[23] In 2008 he was named as a member of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.[24]


  1. ^ Farrell, Michael (30 January 2014). "Ex-Akamai CEO joins venture firm". Boston Globe. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Akamai Board of Directors". Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Hines, Matt (April 4, 2005). "Paul Sagan Named Akamai Chief". CNET. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Akamai Announces CEO Succession". December 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paul Sagan - Datto, Inc.". Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Nine civic, business leaders named to Board of Trustees" (article). Observer. November 3, 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Kaplan, David (February 22, 2007). "Industry Moves: McPherson To Chair Dow Jones' Board Of Directors; Brock, Sagan Named To Board". paidContent. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Digitas, Inc. Appoints Microsoft and Akamai Executives to Board of Directors" (press release). July 25, 2006. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Maven Networks Names Akamai President & CEO Paul Sagan to Its Board of Directors" (press release). Marketwire. September 12, 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Open Market Names Three New Board Members" (press release). PRNewswire. November 8, 1999. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "FutureTense Adds Online Industry Pioneer to Board of Directors; Paul Sagan Named as New Board Member" (press release). Businesswire. December 2, 1998. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Election of Directors" (14A SEC Filing). EdgarOnline. July 15, 1997. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Experience, Inc. Appoints Akamai's Paul Sagan and TechTarget's Greg Strakosch to its Board of Directors" (press release). Spirit Enterprise. April 23, 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sagan Joins Medialink Board" (article). AdAge. February 26, 1997. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Laurie Bennett (December 31, 2010). "Paul Sagan an exemplar of media transformation". Muckety. Retrieved 6 July 2012. He began his career as a writer at WCBS-TV in New York. 
  18. ^ Mike Allen (16 September 1996). "Seeing Ad Dollars, C-Net Multiplies Web Sites". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2012. Paul Sagan, president and editor of new media at Time Inc... 
  19. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 12/8/10" (Press Release). Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  20. ^ Guyton, Elizabeth. "Governor Baker Appoints Paul Sagan to Chair Board of Elementary and Secondary Education". Mass.Gov. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "NY Emmy Awards Winners: 31st, 34th and 35th". National Academy of Arts & Sciences New York. 1986–1987; 1989–1990; 1990–1991.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ "Academy Inducts 230th Class of Members" (PDF). Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Winter 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009: Road to Palm Springs". Ernst & Young (Press Release). 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Knight Commission Announces Full Membership; Gears Up for Initial Meeting" (press release). June 12, 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 

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