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Paul Sagan

Paul Sagan
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Paul Sagan

As a senior advisor and XIR, Paul leverages his broad leadership capabilities, investment experience, and skills as an operator to advise and support CEOs and founding teams at every stage, from seed to growth to the Fortune 500.

Paul has worked with GC portfolio companies for many years both as a Managing Director, and, earlier, as part of the XIR program, where he served as Non-Executive Chairman of Datto (acquired by Vista Equity Partners) and, Non-Executive Chairman of L2 (acquired by Gartner). Today he is XIR at and a director of airSlate, and a board member of Section4 and Anaconda, three current portfolio companies.

Previously, he helped to lead Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), which he joined as Chief Operating Officer and employee #15 in 1998 when the company launched out of MIT, also serving as President, then as CEO for nine years until 2013, and as a director until 2019. Paul is also lead independent director of VMware (NYSE: VMW), and a director of Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA). Earlier he served as a director of iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), and as a board member of Dow Jones & Company, Digitas, EMC, and Maven Networks before they were acquired. Paul began his career in broadcast television news, joining WCBS-TV in 1981 as a news writer and eventually as news director. He also held senior management roles at Time Warner, where he helped to found RoadRunner, the world’s first consumer broadband service; Pathfinder, one of the first web portals that pioneered internet advertising; and NY 1, the 24-hour cable news channel.

Paul is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he’s now a life trustee. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ProPublica and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Paul is also a three-time New York Emmy Award winner for TV news.

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