Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial four years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue and profit grew by 70%, and annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew 15-fold to more than $400 million per year.
As EVP and CTO, Gerri Martin-Flickinger leads the global technology organization at Starbucks. She is the passionate leader behind the technology strategy that plays a critical part in propelling the Starbucks Mission forward—empowering partners and delighting customers, globally. Upon joining Starbucks in 2015, Gerri led Starbucks Technology through a transformation into a best-in-class retail technology organization. Her globally respected team of technologists develops and enables industry-leading innovations including mobile order and pay, voice ordering, and social gifting.