Akamai Technologies, Inc. announced that George H. Conrades has been named Akamai’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He will spearhead the commercial launch of FreeFlow, Akamai’s Internet content distribution service. Mr. Conrades, who has been representing Akamai investor Polaris Venture Partners as a member of the Akamai Board of Directors since last December, will also continue in his position as a venture partner at the venture capital firm.Before joining Polaris in 1998, Mr. Conrades served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BBN Corporation where he led the commercialization of this prestigious high-technology research and development company. After BBN was acquired by GTE in 1997, he led the integration of GTE’s overall Internet and data communications activities as Executive Vice President of GTE and as President of GTE Internetworking. Mr. Conrades began his career at IBM, rising to become the head of IBM United States, where he led the creation of IBM’s services business. www.akamai.com