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Akamai Chairman, OWU Alumnus George Conrades Starts SNC

September 11, 2000

[ George Conrades Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Thursday, Sept. 14, Akamai Technologies chairman and CEO, George Conrades, will deliver a presentation on "The New Internet Economy: Challenges and Opportunities," in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Weseyan University campus. The event, part of the annual Sagan National Colloquium lecture series, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

A 1961 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, Conrades has over 30 years of experience in the computing industry, holding top positions at IBM, BBN Corporation, and Polaris Venture Partners. In 1998, he joined the board of Akamai Technologies, a company that helps businesses transmit data between their Web sites and customers' computers at a faster rate. Akamai's clients include the popular Internet search engine Yahoo!, CNN, the Walt Disney Company, and Apple Computers. In just one year the company's profits have risen from $4 million to $20 billion. When Akamai went public in Oct. of last year, their stock rose 458% during the first day alone, a record feat on Wall Street.

Conrades majored in physics and mathematics while at OWU, and later obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the interim board of the Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit organization under the federal government that regulates Internet names and addresses. He is also a director for CBS and Infinity Broadcasting and the Scripps Institute.

The Sagan National Colloquium is a series of lectures and events at Ohio Wesleyan dedicated to an annual theme; the 2000 series being "A Wired World." Conrades' lecture is also sponsored by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship and the Robert L. Milligan Leaders in Business Lecture Series. Information on this and other Colloquium programs is available by calling Jennifer Hull at 740-368-3995.