ICANN’s Vice President of Europe Leaves Before He Started

Before he had even commenced, Thomas Spiller has informed ICANN that he will not be joining the organisation as its Vice President of Europe.

ICANN announced Spiller’s appointment to the position on 23 June, during its 41st public meeting in Singapore.

A search for an appropriate replacement has already begun.

According to a Domain Incite report, Spiller decided to take a position at another company instead, and his decision not to take up position at ICANN “may have predated the announcement of CEO Rod Beckstrom’s July 2012 departure earlier this month.”

Spiller is a French national who was to have been responsible for driving ICANN’s strategic objectives in Europe and manage the Brussels office.

Previously Spiller has worked for the French Prime Minister’s Office and most recently headed up global policy strategy at SAS, one of the world’s largest independent software vendors. Spiller has worked on topics ranging from education, sustainability and innovation to data privacy and cloud computing.