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Former Google product lead named as Fastly’s new chief product officer

Fastly Inc. has announced the appointment of Lakshmi Sharma as its new chief product officer.

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Tue, 07 Dec 2021
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The former product leader at Google, Cisco and Target, will be tasked to drive product strategy at Fastly.

Sharma brings more than 20 years of engineering and product development experience to her new appointment and will spearhead the company’s continued investment in products that enable developers to build modern, distributed applications and digital experiences that maximise performance, programmability and security.

Sharma will report directly to Fastly CEO Joshua Bixby and will focus on the long-term product roadmap and innovation that is designed to empower Fastly customers to develop, deliver and secure modern distributed applications.

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"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.

“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,” Sharma said.

Sharma has been building dynamic product organisations for decades, having most recently served as the director of product management for networking at Google Cloud, where the end-to-end customer experience for network solutions crossing multiple industries was a key responsibility.

According to Joshua Bixby, CEO of Fastly, the new appointee's proven track record would advance Fastly's current offering.

“Lakshmi is an incredibly talented leader with a proven track record in driving effective strategy and transformation in engineering and product organisations.

“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,” Bixby said.

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