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New ICANN boss to assume office in October


Fadi Chehade, new CEO of ICANN
FIFTY-year old Egyptian-America, Mr. Fadi Chehadé has been named the president and chief executive officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), even as he is expected to assume office by October 1, 2012.

Mr. Chehade who was unveiled at the Prague public meeting of ICANN held last June by the chairman of ICANN board of directors, Dr. Stephen Crocker. His appointment to the office of ICANN CEO follows the non-renewal of the contract of former president, Mr. Rod Beckstrom and ICANN’s chief operating officer Akram Atallah will be acting in Chehade’s capacity from July 1 until October.

Chehade’s career has been defined by building consensus and promoting collaborative technologies and practices.

He has more than 25 years of experience in building and leading progressive Internet enterprises, leveraging relationships with senior executives and government officials across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Chehadé, age 50, is a citizen of Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Egyptian parents and left the then war-torn country in 1980 at the age of 18. He speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, and Italian.

Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Vocado LLC, a U.S. firm that is a provider of cloud-based software for the administration of educational institutions.

Prior to Vocado, Chehadé was CEO of CoreObjects Software, Inc., a leader in new product software development services for both large and growing companies. He oversaw the expansion of the company to include more than 400 engineers and its successful acquisition by Symphony Services.

Prior to his role at CoreObjects, Chehadé served as the General Manager of IBM’s Global Technology Services in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Dubai, he led a team across an emerging region experiencing high growth.

He also built and managed a new global business for IBM, providing managed services to large clients in telecommunications, aerospace and retail to improve the accuracy, depth and timeliness of business information visibility across demand and supply chains.
 
Chehadé founded and has led three companies since 1987.

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