ICANN yesterday announced a number of changes that the organisation says will bolster its operational effectiveness. The most prominent of these changes is the move of Akram Atallah, currently Chief Operating Officer (COO), who will become division President of the Generic Domains Division, a newly created branch that will focus on generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services for the community.Another is the appointment is of Susanna Bennett, described as an accomplished financial and operational executive in technology services, who has been named new COO.More detail is in the ICANN news release below.ICANN Announces Top-Level Executive Changes
Organisational Shifts to Bolster Operational Effectiveness
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Akram Atallah, currently Chief Operating Officer (COO), will become division President of the Generic Domains Division, a newly created branch that will focus on generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services for the community.President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé said creation of the new division is necessary because ICANN’s new gTLD Program, one of the biggest changes to the Internet since its inception, will see a tremendous increase in scale and responsibility to ensure that ICANN continues to deliver operational excellence.Susanna Bennett, an accomplished financial and operational executive in technology services, has been named new COO. She will be charged with continuing to lead the organisation’s day-to-day operations while also continuing to improve management operations.Bennett is leaving Jazz Technologies, Inc., where she was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Human Resources.”Susanna has extensive knowledge of international operational infrastructure, governance and integration in culturally-diverse organisations,” said Chehadé. “She will help improve ICANN’s agility, accountability and visibility, which I discussed during ICANN’s recent meeting in Beijing. She will help us mature and tweak our bottom-up, consensus-driven, multistakeholder model.”Bennett has more than twenty-five years of experience with both public and private companies and has established and managed international operations in Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, and South America. Prior to joining Jazz Technologies, Inc. in 2008, Bennett was the CFO Partner for Tatum, LLC where she advised clients in China on acquisition strategies, integration synergies and global market expansion.”It is particularly exciting to partner with the passionate team at ICANN at this time of dramatic international growth,” said Bennett. “The Internet’s impact around the globe is phenomenal and in no small way ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model has effectively framed the Internet’s growth.”Chehadé said both Bennett and Attalah will assume their new positions on July 1 when several other new organisational changes will occur, including:
- The creation of a new position to lead Technical & Security Operations. This individual will report directly to the CEO.
- Jamie Hedlund, currently Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America, will become a special advisor to Chehadé, while continuing leadership of North America government relations.
- Christopher Mondini, currently Vice President of Business Engagement, will become the Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America and Global Business Engagement. He will assist with ICANN’s overall engagement efforts.
- Nora Abusitta will become Vice President of Public Responsibility Programs. Abusitta is currently the Senior Director of Inter-Governmental Development.
Since officially becoming President and CEO in September of 2012, Chehadé has made it a priority to both internationalise ICANN and to accelerate effective and professional global management.