Fastly Hires Industry Vet Lakshmi Sharma as New Chief Product Officer

Global content delivery network (CDN) provider Fastly (NYSE: FSLY) has hired industry vet Lakshmi Sharma as its new Chief Product Officer, effective November 29, 2021. A former product leader at Google, Cisco, and Target, Lakshmi Sharma will lead Fastly’s continuous investment in solutions to maximize performance, programmability, and security for developers.

Lakshmi Sharma brings more than 20 years of engineering and product development experience to Fastly. She has spent decades developing dynamic product organizations, most recently as the Director of Product Management for Networking at Google Cloud, where she was responsible for the end-to-end customer experience for network solutions across different sectors.

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“Some of the most vital parts of the Internet run on Fastly and the company is uniquely positioned to power even more websites and applications with speed, reliability, and security,” said Lakshmi Sharma, the newly appointed Chief Product Officer at Fastly.

According to Fastly, Sharma is ready to make major contributions to the company’s delivery, security, and edge compute portfolios, with considerable expertise across infrastructure, cloud, and security businesses, including product and technical leadership roles at Target Corporation, Cisco, and Juniper Networks.

“This is a pivotal era for businesses and developers as we aim to rise to the occasion of building the next great modern digital experiences in an online-first world,” said Lakshmi Sharma, the newly appointed Chief Product Officer at Fastly. “Some of the most vital parts of the Internet run on Fastly and the company is uniquely positioned to power even more websites and applications with speed, reliability, and security. I look forward to helping Fastly bring an enterprise-grade product roadmap – grounded in the developer experience – to life while maintaining a focus on building inclusive and effective teams.”

Fastly’s Product Innovation

Lakshmi Sharma will report to Fastly CEO Joshua Bixby and will be responsible for the company’s long-term product planning and innovation, which will enable Fastly clients to design, launch, and secure contemporary distributed applications.

“Lakshmi is an incredibly talented leader with a proven track record in driving effective strategy and transformation in engineering and product organizations,” said Joshua Bixby, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Fastly. “Having been at the helm of product initiatives at technology giants and startups alike, Lakshmi knows what it takes to develop customer-centric, security-first roadmaps and bring innovative new products to market.”

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