[ALAC] Fwd: Rod Beckstrom to leave ICANN at the end of his term

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Wed Aug 17 01:56:50 UTC 2011

>Subject: [council] Rod Beckstrom to leave ICANN at the end of his term
>Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:17:08 +1000
>From: Bruce Tonkin <Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au>
>To: GNSO Council List <council at gnso.icann.org>
>Hello All,
>From:  http://www.icann.org/en/news/releases/release-16aug11-en.pdf
>August 16, 2011
>Rod Beckstrom will continue to fulfill his term as ICANN's President and
>CEO, which will be completed on 1 July 2012. He has held this position
>since 1 July 2009.
>"I am incredibly proud of ICANN's achievements throughout my tenure,"
>said Beckstrom. "In two short years we have advanced this organization
>to a new level of professionalism and productivity, and turned it into a
>genuinely multinational organization that will serve the world community
>long after my time here."
>Beckstrom has had many notable accomplishments at ICANN. They include
>the negotiation and signing of the Affirmation of Commitments, the
>historic 2009 agreement with the US Government that moved ICANN's
>oversight from one government to the world, and the signing of the
>Internet's root with DNSSEC. The introduction of internationalized
>domain names under his watch has allowed millions of Internet users to
>access the Internet entirely in their primary language script.
>"I can summarize my time here in four words: strong execution, great
>teambuilding," he said. "We have built a world-class executive team, and
>elevated ICANN's stature through strategic relationships with
>governments, businesses, top technology firms and international
>A program to launch new generic top-level domains - a major change to
>the domain name system - was approved in June and will launch in the
>next year. ICANN's agreement with the US government - the IANA functions
>contract - expires in March, and Beckstrom emphasized his commitment to
>bring the contract renewal to a successful conclusion.
>Steve Crocker, Chair of ICANN's Board of Directors, said: "The Board of
>Directors fully supports Rod through the completion of his July 2012
>term and is committed to continuing the collaboration that has produced
>so many benefits for ICANN and for the global Internet."
>Beckstrom continued: "I remain committed to leading this critical
>organization with the utmost dedication, and to living up to our common
>vision: One world, one Internet."

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