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Forum on World Class IT - 363 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

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July 24, 2017: Kumud Kalia, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Akamai Technologies

Among other topics, Kumud discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The challenges and advantages of being a CIO in a tech company
  • Agility in a fast-growing, evolving organization verses agility in a mature organization
  • The partnership between Akamai’s IT and product teams in developing and testing new solutions
  • Adding higher value as a CIO: developing internal solutions that can be adopted by the end- customer
  • Driving enterprise strategy by leveraging a culture of expansive thinking
  • Eye on the trends: disrupting infrastructure paradigms


Kumud Kalia is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Information Officer of Akamai Technologies, a $2.3 billion global content delivery network services firm. Kumud is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and operation of the applications and infrastructure that support the company’s business operations.

Prior to joining Akamai, Kumud served as CIO at Direct Energy, Qwest Communications, and the investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.

Kumud holds a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering from Bangor University.

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