LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vixlet, the Los Angeles based technology company, announces renowned Fortune 100 leader and prominent business executive Daniel “Dan” Akerson as special advisor to the co-founders. Akerson is former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, and also served on the board of American Express, AOL Time Warner, Freescale Semiconductor, Booz Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.
Akerson is a pioneer and seasoned executive in the technology, financial, and automotive industries. He has served influential management roles including CFO and then President/COO at MCI Communications, Chairman and CEO of General Instruments, Nextel Communications and XO Communications.
At The Carlyle Group, Akerson serves as the firm’s Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. He was previously the managing director and head of Global Buyout representing some of Carlyle’s largest leveraged buyout funds.
“Dan is a leader who has proven his ability to build and grow some of the most impactful companies and brands around the world,” said Lisa Gopalakrishnan, Vixlet’s CEO and Co-Founder. “We believe his remarkable depth of leadership experience, especially in operations, investment, and management experience, will be extremely valuable as Vixlet continues its explosive growth over the coming years.”
“Dan has the rare and exceptional ability to seamlessly meld the worlds of technology, and big picture focus with bold radical moves, a value so critical for Vixlet, and we are delighted to have him join us. This is indeed an honor,” said Krishna Gopala, Vixlet’s Executive Chairman and Co-Founder.
Akerson said, “Vixlet represents a revolution in social networking that will fundamentally change the current business models to one that is based on content and passion. I look forward to working closely with the Co-Founders as Vixlet redefines social networking in the 21st century.”
Akerson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and has a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Vixlet – Social networks of tomorrow Today. Bring it On. Vixlet leads the charge of social networks, connecting Passions as the Pins in the network, with the most influential sports leagues, teams, and entertainment companies in the world.