LOS ANGELES - January 21, 2016 - Akana, a leading provider of API Management and API security solutions for Digital Business, announced today that Mark Tapling has joined the company as its new Chief Executive Officer. Tapling brings over 15 years of CEO experience in B2B software to Akana, most recently as CEO of PacketVideo and SDL plc Language Technologies (Language Weaver).
Akana’s board member Anders Richardson, of Palisades Growth Capital, commented, “With their proven products, strong team and growth momentum worldwide, Akana is poised for the next level of success as a technology company. We believe Mark Tapling has the experience to lead the company and achieve this success. Mark’s focus on growth and ability to connect with employees, customers and partners alike is a great asset for the company.” Tapling’s background includes over 20 years of progressive experience in the strategy, growth and financial management of both public and private technology companies across a variety of industries. He joined PacketVideo in 2013 as the company’s CEO. At SDL plc Language Technologies, he led the company’s launch of the first commercial SaaS application for high speed statistical machine translation after its acquisition of Language Weaver. Tapling has been recognized as one of the Top 100 People to Watch in Knowledge Management and is a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He received his B.S. from Michigan State University.
“Akana is an exciting company with an exciting future,” said Tapling. “Since the launch of the smart phone, consumers and businesses alike have been on a steady march to digitize their personal and business interactions. We are looking forward to continuing Akana’s leadership in secure and innovative Digital Transformation solutions for enterprise customers. I look forward to working with our talented team, and ensuring that our customers gain measurable value from our partnership. It is very exciting to join Akana after a year of significant growth in 2015.”
Akana’s comprehensive suite of API Management, API Security, SOA Governance, Cloud Integration, and Microservices solutions helps businesses accelerate digital transformation by securely extending their reach across multiple channels – mobile, cloud and Internet of Things. Akana enables enterprises to quickly deliver scalable applications, share data as APIs, connect and integrate applications, drive partner adoption, monetize their assets and provide intelligent insights into their business and operations. The world’s largest companies including Bank of America, Pfizer, and Verizon use Akana to harness the power of their technology and transform their businesses. Akana is also recognized as a “Leader” by Forrester in API Management Solution Wave, Q3 2014, and by other analyst firms. For more information on Akana’s API Platform, see http://www.akana.com.