Former SAP VP Joins Cloud Service Provider’s Executive Leadership Team
Intermedia, a global leader in cloud services and the world’s largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, announced today that Dr. Prasad Akella joined the company as senior vice president overseeing product management and marketing. A seasoned software executive, Akella is based in Intermedia’s Sunnyvale, CA, office and has global responsibility for all product and marketing functions. He reports to Michael Gold, president, Intermedia.
Akella, an entrepreneur and intrapreneur, helped pioneer new market categories like social networks as a founder of Spoke Software. Most recently he was VP and head of global SME/SMB marketing at SAP – a multi-billion dollar global business growing at over 30 percent annually. In an earlier role he helped position SAP as a premier cloud service provider. Akella holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology. He received many awards in his career including GM’s highest technical award, the “Boss” Kettering award.
“As the world’s largest hosted Exchange provider and a cloud services company specializing in the SMB market, we are continuously enhancing and expanding our product base,” says Michael Gold, president, Intermedia. “Prasad Akella is a world-class product and marketing leader. He brings to the company not only a long list of impressive achievements and relevant experience, but a leadership style and cultural fit that will help elevate our product and marketing departments so we can further accelerate our already rapid growth.”
"Intermedia is the market leading independent provider of business class email in the cloud, a large and rapidly growing market” says Prasad Akella, SVP product and marketing, Intermedia.” Email, being a rich digital proxy for the end user's business and social interactions, provides the core for delivering a complete and integrated set of cloud services for SMBs. I am excited by the possibilities that result from an added focus on quality and the customer, an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong product vision. I am looking forward to working with Intermedia's experienced leadership team to deliver easily used market leading services."
Intermedia offers an integrated suite of cloud communications and collaboration services through its Office in the Cloud™ offerings. It combines popular Microsoft services such as Exchange 2010, hosted Lync and SharePoint 2010 with Intermedia’s services for backup, mobility, security, voice and more. All of these services are managed from Intermedia’s proprietary HostPilot® Control Panel, providing customers a single point of communications control. Intermedia is recognized as providing premium support with an average phone response time of under one minute. The company’s Cloud Concierge™ team assures customers have a secure migration to the cloud. Hosted Exchange 2010 service is backed by a 99.999 percent uptime service level agreement and secure infrastructure spanning seven datacenters. For more information, please call 1-800-379-7729.