Domain Name Association Elects 5 New Board Members

Domain Name Association logo[news release] With the election of five new Directors, the Domain Name Association (DNA), has transitioned from the interim board established in 2013 to one representing the full membership of the Internet domain industry’s only global trade association.  The 12-person board is charged with providing leadership and advancing the association’s mission to educate the public about the expansion of domain names.

The newly elected Directors are:

  • Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of the Board, Afilias Limited
  • Bob Wiegand, Senior Vice President,
  • Jeff Neuman, VP, Registry Services, Neustar, Inc.
  • Stacey King, Senior Corporate Counsel, Amazon
  • Vladimir Shadrunov, Director of TLD Projects, Asiamix Digital Ltd.

The full Board roster can be seen on the DNA website.

“The new members make our board stronger and will allow the DNA to address our industry’s challenges and move forward energetically on our educational initiatives,” said Adrian Kinderis, chair of the board. “Because our board members represent a range of important geographies and industry sectors, we are well positioned to act on international concerns and deliver truly global solutions.”

The DNA was established in October 2013 by companies representing the broad Internet industry. Membership is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including top-level domain name registry operators, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Organizations in the domain name industry are joining the DNA to collaborate with peers, share best practice and ensure mutual success through this period of major growth of the Internet. DNA members will be critical players in the next phase of the Internet, with the opportunity to contribute to important industry policy decisions. DNA membership is organized as a multi-tiered structure to accommodate various levels of interest and desire for participation in the work of the DNA. More information is available on the website.

About the DNA
The Domain Name Association (the DNA) is a non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its membership is open to organizations involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, such as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Founding members include ARI Registry Services, Donuts, GoDaddy, Google, Rightside and What Box?

The DNA’s mission is to promote the best interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet. More information is available at

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