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A few tips to ICANN’s new CEO

June 18, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann ceo, Policy & LawComments Off on A few tips to ICANN’s new CEO

Check yourself before you wreck yourself.


On Friday, ICANN will announce you as its new Chief Executive Officer.

This is a pretty good gig. You’ll earn about a million bucks a year, which isn’t bad for a non-profit CEO. (That’s what the outgoing CEO earned. I assume you negotiated well.) But you have your work cut out for you. The past, I don’t know, entirety of ICANN hasn’t exactly been rosy for the CEO.

Now, before Friday comes around I have a suggestion for you.

You see, the last CEO had an embarrassing online record when his name became public. The whois information for his own domain name was full of bogus information, suggesting it was registered to “private” with an address of “private” and a bogus email address.

Needless to say this was quite embarrassing. It can also make it harder to argue in later years that whois really needs to be cleaned up.

I should qualify this advice — you do have your own name as a domain name, right?

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Want to be ICANN’s next CEO?

December 12, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, icann ceo, Policy & Law, rod beckstromComments Off on Want to be ICANN’s next CEO?

Non-profit publishes profile of desired CEO.

Want to be the CEO of an organization launching a highly controversial expansion of the internet namespace and seeing its budget double or triple your first year on the job?

ICANN has a job for you.

Today ICANN announced it has selected search firm Odgers Berndtson of Brussels to help it find a new CEO to replace Rod Beckstrom. ICANN has used the same firm previously.

It also published a candidate profile (pdf). Among the attributes that will make you successful in this role is being able to work within the “internet governance ecosystem”. It’s a bit scarey to see mentions of the United Nations in this profile document. But the truth is ICANN’s CEO needs to be able to manage expectations of other governments that want to play a greater role in internet governance.

This will be interesting to watch.

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