In 1999, George became chairman and CEO of Akamai, a Polaris funded startup. George became Executive Chairman of Akamai in April 2005 and was succeeded by Paul Sagan, Akamai’s current president and CEO.

Before joining Akamai, George was executive vice president and president of GTE Internetworking following the firm’s acquisition of BBN Corporation in 1997. At GTE, he was responsible for creating GTE Internetworking and leading GTE’s rapid growth in the data and Internet business, including integrated telecommunications services.

From 1994 until GTE’s acquisition of BBN, George served as CEO of BBN, an advanced research and development company, best known for leading edge responses to Department of Defense and ARPA proposal requests. During his tenure, a commercial arm of BBN became one of the industry’s top-tier ISPs. In 1968, BBN helped build the ARPANET, the forerunner to today’s modern Internet.

Prior to BBN, George was an IBM senior vice president and member of IBM’s Corporate Management Board. There, he was responsible for several of its key businesses including IBM United States, IBM Asia/Pacific and two manufacturing and development groups.

Honors & Memberships

Harley-Davidson, Board Member
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Board Member
Oracle, Board Member
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow


B.S., Ohio Wesleyan University
M.B.A, University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business