Beckstrom New ICANN CEO/President

ICANN has chosen security expert Rod Beckstrom as its preferred candidate to take over the role of chief executive and president, replacing Paul Twomey reports Australian IT.The report says ICANN is expected to announce Beckstrom as the successor to Dr Twomey on Friday at its meeting in Sydney that has been attended by over 1,000 people this week.The report also notes “Mr Beckstrom is in Sydney and will this morning meet members of ICANN’s governmental advisory panel as the ‘preferred candidate for the role'”.The announcement has been highly rumoured all week with discussion in the corridors at the meeting focussing on Mr Beckstrom taking over the role.Mr Beckstrom, previously the United States’ cyber security chief, resigned in March in what could be described following battles over turf. He has also been attending several of the sessions at the ICANN meeting this week in a personal capacity.Dr Twomey, who announced he will be stepping down on June 30 at the ICANN meeting in Mexico City in March, became CEO and president in March 2003 and was the third and longest serving CEO and president in the organisation’s history.The announcement is expected during the board meeting on Friday that commences at 10.30 local time.

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