[At-Large] [ALAC] New ICANN CEO is Out of the Blocks with Ambitious Operational Plans

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 23:16:03 UTC 2012

One good thing I see, Compliance is now a direct report to the CEO.  Seems
he was listening, don't?

I'm very supportive of Maguy's elevation and fully expect to see her rise
to the occasion. I shall be watching closely to see the 'gestures' that
message the new beginning.

- Carlton

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On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca>wrote:

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> New ICANN CEO is Out of the Blocks with Ambitious Operational Plans
> Fadi Chehadé Assumes Top Spot Two Weeks Early
> 14 September 2012
> Los Angeles, California... Fadi Chehadé today
> officially assumed the position of President and
> Chief Executive Officer of the Internet
> Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
> (ICANN). He assumed his position two weeks ahead of his planned start date.
> Chehadé's appointment as CEO had been announced
> on 22 June, though he was not expected to assume
> his role until 1 October. Chief Operating Officer
> (COO) Akram Atallah had been serving as the
> interim CEO and will now reassume his role as COO.
> Today Chehadé thanked Atallah for assuming the
> top spot during the summer and then, during a
> staff meeting, he explained his plans for the future.
> "I have spent the past two months asking myself
> and many others from all over the Internet
> community worldwide the same questions," said
> Chehadé. "How can ICANN work better with its
> stakeholders to bring all interested parties to
> the table to debate and agree how to improve the
> DNS? How can we ensure that all global citizens
> can share an open Internet which is sustainable and resilient?"
> Chehade's strategy puts ICANN's stakeholders at
> its heart. The organization's staff will be
> brought together in collaborative teams organized
> in a global matrix that distributes key functions
> and leaders across the world to accelerate effective engagement.
> Chehadé's leadership team combines deep ICANN
> experience with fresh perspectives from
> international executives. Among the changes he announced today:
>     * Akram Atallah's role will be expanded to
> include oversight of Registry and Registrar
> Services, the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD)
> program, Security and other important activities.
>     * Tarek Kamel, Senior Advisor to the
> President of ICANN, who currently leads the
> development of an Africa strategy, will assume
> the role of Senior Advisor for Government
> Affairs, leading all aspects of Government Engagement.
>     * Sally Costerton, most recently CEO of Hill
> & Knowlton Public Relations for Europe, the
> Middle East and Asia has been tapped to lead the
> new position of Stakeholder Engagement, a role
> that will incorporate the communications function.
> Both Costerton and Kamel will be based in ICANN's
> European region and will report directly to the
> CEO. Their goal is to strengthen ICANN's
> international engagement at all levels, and to
> implement the global matrix alongside ICANN's regional vice presidents.
> Chehadé said his other direct reports would include:
>     * Kurt Pritz, Senior Vice President, who will
> take on a new role as Chief of Strategy.
>     * John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Secretary
> of the ICANN Board, who will continue in that role.
>     * David Olive, Vice President of Policy, who
> will also continue in his current role.
> In a further organizational development, Chehadé
> announced that Maguy Serad, Senior Director of
> Contractual Compliance will be promoted to Vice
> President of Contractual Compliance, with her
> department reporting directly to the CEO.
> "I've spent the summer putting the right team in
> place – looking deep within ICANN and beyond to
> find the best mix of talents to help me to
> fulfill ICANN's mission," said Chehadé. "Frankly
> I am impressed and humbled by what these diverse
> leaders bring to the table. I've been fortunate
> to have great support from the ICANN Board as
> well as the staff and I know that we will be able
> to build upon the organization's many achievements."
> "The Board has consulted extensively with Fadi
> through the past couple of months and has spent
> this week in session with him and his leadership
> team reviewing his plans," said Dr. Stephen
> Crocker, ICANN Board Chair. "We are very
> supportive and will do everything we can to help
> the ICANN team deliver successfully. "
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