AKAM Akamai

Filed: 7 Jun 21, 4:13pm



Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report: June 3, 2021
(Date of earliest event reported)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer
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145 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (617) 444-3000

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par valueAKAMNasdaq Global Select Market

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


June 3, 2021, in a planned transition, the board of directors (the “Board of Directors”) of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Akamai”) named Laura Howell Principal Accounting Officer of the Company, effective immediately. In this role, Ms. Howell serves as the Company’s principal accounting officer, a function previously performed by Akamai’s Chief Financial Officer, Edward McGowan. Mr. McGowan continues in his roles as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and as principal financial officer of the Company.

Ms. Howell, age 42, joined Akamai in July 2013. After initially serving in director-level roles at the Company, she was Akamai’s Controller from April 2016 until June 2019. From October 2017 to June 2019, she also held a Senior Director title. From July 2019 until her appointment on June 3, 2021, Ms. Howell served as the Company’s Vice President of Corporate Finance. Ms. Howell holds a master’s degree in accounting and began her career in public accounting at Deloitte. She is also a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ms. Howell is not party to any related party transactions with the Company requiring disclosure under Regulation S-K 404(a). There are no family relationships between Ms. Howell and any director, executive officer or person nominated or chosen by the Company to become a director or executive officer of the Company, and there are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Howell and any other person pursuant to which she was appointed principal accounting officer.

In connection with her appointment, Ms. Howell is eligible to receive a base salary and participate in the Company’s annual employee cash incentive bonus program. On June 2, 2021, the Talent, Leadership & Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors also approved a grant to her of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) under the Amended & Restated Plan (as defined below), having a grant date value of $75,000; such RSUs vest over a three-year period from the date of grant, which is expected to be the second day following the Company’s public release of its second quarter 2021 financial results. Ms. Howell is also eligible to participate in the Company’s Executive Severance Plan. Such plan was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K on October 2, 2019.


At the annual meeting of stockholders of the Company held on June 3, 2021 (the “Annual Meeting”), the Company’s stockholders approved the amendment and restatement of the Akamai Technologies, Inc. 2013 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Amended & Restated Plan”), which had previously been adopted by the Board of Directors subject to stockholder approval. The amendment and restatement increased the number of shares available for grant under the Amended & Restated Plan by 3,000,000, extended the expiration date of the plan to June 3, 2031, and consolidated all prior amendments previously approved by the Board of Directors and stockholders.

The description of the Amended & Restated Plan contained on pages 82 to 100 of the Company’s Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting, filed with the Commission on April 23, 2021, is incorporated herein by reference. A complete copy of the Amended & Restated Plan is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

At the Annual Meeting, four items of business were acted upon by stockholders. There were 163,262,088 shares of the Company’s common stock eligible to vote, and 134,972,129 shares present in person or by proxy at the Annual Meeting.

1.The following nominees were elected to the Company’s Board of Directors for terms expiring at the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders.

NomineesForAgainstAbstainBroker Non-Votes
Sharon Bowen126,650,788254,70957,7248,008,908
Marianne Brown125,946,349959,18957,6838,008,908
Monte Ford124,447,0912,447,56168,5698,008,908
Jill Greenthal124,293,5552,611,91957,7478,008,908
Dan Hesse124,693,2802,204,97364,9688,008,908
Tom Killalea126,638,959259,37764,8858,008,908
Tom Leighton126,673,770218,97570,4768,008,908
Jonathan Miller121,943,7884,932,75586,6788,008,908
Madhu Ranganathan103,912,07422,976,44074,7078,008,908
Ben Verwaayen123,732,3453,153,39577,4818,008,908
Bill Wagner124,906,9611,979,68576,5758,008,908

2.The amendment and restatement of the Akamai Technologies, Inc. 2013 Stock Incentive Plan was approved

Broker Non-Votes8,008,908

3.A non-binding, advisory proposal on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers was approved.

Broker Non-Votes8,008,908

4.The appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 was ratified.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.Description
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

By:/s/ Aaron Ahola
Aaron Ahola, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary