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New Akamai CEO a familiar face

Cambridge Internet company’s cofounder and chief scientist will take the helm

After conducting an eight-month search for a new chief executive, the board of Akamai Technologies Inc. found the right candidate in a familiar face just down the the hall at company headquarters.

Tom Leighton, cofounder and chief scientist of the Cambridge Internet company, will replace retiring chief executive Paul Sagan, effective Jan. 1. Sagan will remain on Akamai’s board and serve as a senior adviser to the company.

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