Streamlined InternetNZ Group Appoints Jordan Carter as CEO

A review of the InternetNZ Group, which includes InternetNZ, NZRS and the Domain Name Commission, and who manages all aspects of New Zealand’s ccTLD .nz, has led to the organisation being streamlined under one “roof” with one Chief Executive. One of the first changes to come out of the review is the announcement today of the appointment of existing InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter to lead the newly integrated organisation.

The organisational review was announced in late 2016 and in October a report was released announcing changes that would:

  • Bring New Zealand Registry Service’s functions, people and assets into InternetNZ.
  • Keep the Domain Name Commission as a separate company, with a focus on the regulatory and enforcement aspects of .nz policy and contracts. DNCL will be governed by a smaller board, chaired by the new Chief Executive.
  • See InternetNZ’s role in .nz expanding to include responsibility for the .nz policy framework and its evolution and development over time.
  • See proposals to reduce the number of elected members of the InternetNZ Council from twelve to nine, along with a new ability to appoint two additional Councillors to balance skills and experience.
  • Have one Chief Executive to lead the new InternetNZ recruited through an open recruitment process.
  • Maintain the scope of the whole group’s work – a change to how InternetNZ is organised, not what they do.

Today’s announcement notes that Carter has been Chief Executive of InternetNZ since 2013 and will commence the new Group Chief Executive Officer role on 15 January 2018. Prior to this Carter has worked in a range of internet policy roles. Of particular interest to Carter, says the InternetNZ announcement, is the role of the internet in New Zealand’s economic development, and global internet policy making systems. He holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington.

“Jordan was chosen for this critical new role due to his ability to distil complex ideas so that anyone can understand what is important and what should be done,” Jamie Baddeley, President of InternetNZ. “He will build on the strengths we have across the group, to deliver more for the New Zealand Internet community and to face the inevitable challenges the Internet faces. He is a leader who brings people together to get things done, and that collaborative approach is important to us and our community.”

“Council is looking forward to Jordan successfully bringing the organisation closer together and realising the untapped synergies and areas of specialism that exist within the high performing staff of InternetNZ and NZRS, and building a stronger collaborative working relationship with an independent Domain Name Commission.”

“As a result of that Council is expecting the organisation as a whole to be more effective in delivering on the objectives of the incorporated society and expects no compromises on the delivery of the .NZ domain name system. Carter has outlined a plan which will see InternetNZ even more in touch with the needs of the local internet community and making sure what we do aligns with that.”

Jamie Baddeley said that he was pleased with the process the organisation followed to get to this point and Council is very happy with the plan that was agreed following an inclusive and open process with staff and stakeholders. He added that Council is looking forward to Jordan Carter delivering bigger and better outcomes in a more integrated operating environment and wishes Jordan every success.

“I am delighted to have the chance to serve InternetNZ in this role,” said Jordan Carter. “Bringing InternetNZ and NZRS together and implementing the changes set out in the Organisational Review is a significant challenge. I’ll be talking with staff and stakeholders informally over the next few weeks and look forward to setting out my plans in the New Year.”

“The work InternetNZ does for New Zealand is very important, and as the Internet plays a bigger role in all our lives, that won’t change. Our voice is an important one and the services we offer are important for Kiwis who want to make the most of a free and open Internet.”

Details regarding the organisational review and decision can be found here: