I read a couple of tweets that mentioned that ICANN President and CEO Fadi ChehadÃ© will be stepping aside next year. A few moments ago, I received an ICANN News Alert confirming this news.
According to the email I received from ICANN, “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that President and CEO Fadi ChehadÃ© has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector (outside the Domain Name Industry).”
These are certainly interesting times for ICANN, and I am sure there will be quite a few people who wish to lead ICANN in the future. I am not much of an ICANN watcher or a person who spends much time thinking about Internet governance, but I am sure this news is of importance for those who are active in the ICANN community. ICANN 53 is coming up in about a month in Buenos Aires, and I presume this will be a topic of interest.
In case you don’t receive ICANN News Alerts but want to learn more, the content of the email has been published below:
ChehadÃ© Announces Intention to End His Tenure as ICANN President & CEO in March 2016
ICANN Board and ChehadÃ© to Continue Mission and Ensure Continuity and Stability
21 May 2015
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that President and CEO Fadi ChehadÃ© has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector (outside the Domain Name Industry).
At the request of the Board, ChehadÃ© will be available to work closely with ICANN after March 2016 to support the transition to a new leader, as well as to advise the Board on any issue they require including the implementation of the IANA Stewardship Transition from the US Government to ICANN and the technical operating community.
“I want to thank Fadi for his strong commitment,” said Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors. I am very confident that with Fadi’s continued leadership and ICANN’s very experienced management team who have the breadth to ensure that ICANN continues to manage its key responsibilities effectively, that the organization’s work will proceed smoothly.”
“I am deeply committed to working with the Board, our staff, and our community to continue ICANN’s mission as we still have much to accomplish,” said ChehadÃ©. “During the remaining 10 months of my tenure, it’s business-as-usual. My priority remains to continue strengthening ICANN’s operations and services to the global community.”