American, born 1966
James (Jim) Benson is a global finance executive with significant experience in enabling public technology companies to grow and scale their businesses worldwide.
He brings a wealth of financial expertise, capital markets, corporate governance and risk management experience as the CFO of a public company. He also has extensive experience managing strategic and operational challenges as a leader of a global company.
James most recently served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) from 2012 until his retirement in 2020. In his CFO role, he was the catalyst in building out and transforming Akamai’s accounting and finance teams from a “back-office” function and into a “value-enhancing” forward-thinking strategic business partner. He was instrumental in navigating Akamai’s growth, revenue diversification and business operations expansion into one of the world’s largest and most profitable cloud services and cybersecurity leaders with revenues of USD 3 billion and a market capitalization of USD 14 billion. Prior to joining Akamai, he spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of senior finance leadership roles, including VP and CFO for HP’s Americas Technology Solutions Group, a USD 14 billion P&L entity encompassing the enterprise server, storage, software and services businesses.
James also serves on the Board of Directors of Grange Insurance, a Property and Liability insurance company, based in Columbus, Ohio. James holds an MBA from Clark University and a BS Finance from Bentley College.