Parimal Pandya will add this role to his existing responsibilities as vice-president of Media and Carrier Sales in the APJ, the company said in a statement.
"Parimal is a proven leader at Akamai, and his successful track record of driving growth for our Media and Carrier business in the region make him an ideal choice for managing director for APJ," said Dr Tom Leighton, co-founder and chief executive officer, Akamai Technologies.
"He is known for bringing teams together to collaborate in a dynamic environment and delivering results."
He then shifted to Bengaluru in 2009 and led Akamai's expansion in India, before extending his focus to the APJ, setting up the carrier strategy group and setting up partnerships with major telecommunications operators.
"Akamai is entering a period characterised by unprecedented disruption," said Pandya.
"Individuals and enterprises across a spectrum of industries have been compelled to quickly transform the ways they work and conduct day-to-day business – and the Akamai platform is serving as indispensable digital infrastructure to support this new work paradigm.
"Now is the time to future-proof our businesses to stay ahead of the curve."
Before he joined Akamai, Pandya founded and operated an e-commerce venture in New York City, and worked for a period in venture capital. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.