Theresa Swinehart, a leading expert on international Internet governance and policy and a major force in ICANNâs historical evolution, has been named Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy.
Most recently, Swinehart served as the Executive Director of Global Internet Policy for Verizon Communications, where she specialized in emerging issues and stakeholder and policy leader engagement.
âAs ICANN expands its global presence, it is critical that we bring on board someone who is capable of uniting the international community in pursuit of strategic matters.â said Fadi ChehadÃ©, President and CEO. âTheresa played an important role in ICANN’s history and her institutional knowledge of the past will serve us well as we look to the future.â
Swinehart previously served as ICANNâs Vice President of Global and Strategic Partnerships, leading an international team dedicated to expanding the organizationâs outreach around the world.Â She was instrumental in the development of ICANN, and represented the organizationâs global presence in front of a wide and ranging audience, from technical organizations to the business community and beyond.
In her new role Swinehart will oversee a strategy team that has overarching responsibility for a range of strategic initiatives including ICANNâs recently announced Strategy Panels, and the organizationâs five-year strategic plan.
âAs global Internet usage grows, all the issues surrounding ICANNâs strategy and role become all the more important,â said Swinehart. âI’m excited about helping ICANN form a future vision consistent with its mission and the needs of the global community.â
Swinehart assumes her new position on September 16.
She obtained her law degree from American Universityâs Washington College of Law. Swinehart also holds a postgraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Vienna and a bachelorâs degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.