Akamai hires Microsoft’s former Russia legal chief

The former head of legal for Microsoft Russia has quit the technology giant to lead Akamai Technologies’ EMEA legal arm from the UK.

Alexander Borovik, who built Microsoft’s Russia legal team from scratch before moving to Seattle, is expected to take up the role of EMEA head of legal for Akamai in mid-March. He was most recently Microsoft’s chief public sector lawyer.

The online content provider, which provided video streaming to NBC Olympics during the Sochi Winter Games, currently has seven people in its EMEA legal team and 30 globally. The EMEA legal head role is understood to be a new one.

Borovik was at Microsoft for over a decade, having joined the business in 2003 to build its legal practice in Central & Eastern Europe. He previously co-headed the IT practice at White & Case in the Czech Republic. 

White & Case and Squire Sanders, where Borovik started his career, may benefit from the move as Borovik will choose all of Akamai’s external advisers in the EMEA region. 

Sources say that Akamai, which did not respond to requests for comment, is looking to expand its legal presence in the EMEA region. The group’s global general counsel is Melanie Haratunian.  

Neither Borovik or Microsoft responded to calls for comment.