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Paul Sagan

Paul Sagan (BSJ81) is a member of the inaugural class of the Medill Hall of Achievement of 1997.

Sagan is a managing director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Palo Alto, California, and New York City.

Previously he was CEO at Akamai Technologies after being COO and president. He continues to serve on Akamai’s board. He joined the Cambridge, Mass.-based company in October 1998. He was elected to Akamai’s Board of Directors in January 2005, and became CEO in April 2005. Sagan was senior advisor to the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 1998, consulting to the Geneva-based organization on information technologies for the world's 1,000 foremost multi-national corporations.

In 1995, Sagan was named president and editor of new media at Time Inc., a position he held until 1997.

Mr. Sagan's career began in broadcast television news. He joined WCBS-TV in 1981 as a news writer and was named news director in 1987. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner.

Mr. Sagan is also chairman of ProPublica and a Life Trustee of Northwestern.