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Akamai CEO, OWU Alumnus Examines 'The Future of E-Commerce'

September 23, 2002

[ George Conrades Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- George Conrades, a 1961 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate and chairman and CEO of Akamai Technologies, will be speaking as part of the Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship 2002-2003 lecture series on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Conrades' talk is entitled "The Future of E-Commerce: The Case of Akamai Technologies" and will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the R.W. Corns Building, room 312.

Named chairman and CEO in April, 1999, Conrades brings a broad range of business experience in the computing, Internet, telecommunications and media industries. Prior to joining Akamai, he was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm's acquisition of BBN Corporation, the highly regarded technology research and development firm in 1997. He was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking and leading GTE's rapid growth in the data and Internet business. BBN helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today's modern Internet.

Conrades also has been a senior vice president at IBM, where he ran many of the company's key businesses including IBM United States, IBM Asia/Pacific and two manufacturing and development groups. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute and Ohio Wesleyan University. Conrades recently was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a venture partner at Polaris Venture Partners, an early stage investment company.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For further questions, please contact the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335.