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Andrew Sullivan emerges new ISOC President, takes over Sept. 1 | ITREALMS Online

The Internet Society (ISOC) has named the chairman of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), Mr. Andrew Sullivan as its latest global President and chief executive officer (CEO), reports ITRealms.

Mr. Sullivan, ITRealms gathered, was selected by ISOC Board of Trustees to become the Internet Society’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, with effect from September 1, 2018.

Chairman, ISOC Board of Trustees, Gonzalo Camarillo, disclosed this to ITRealms, describing Mr. Sullivan, as someone whose work in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) speak for him.

Andrew, Camarillo noted brings with him a wealth of Internet industry and technology experience, having served in a number of past roles, including time at Oracle Dyn managing Doman Name System (DNS) development and architecture departments and as the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Chair for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016.

Also, ITRealms gathered that Andrew played an instrumental role in the IANA Transition as many of you may remember, encouraging members to read his testimony on the IAB Website adding that Andrew is currently serving as chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), where he leads involvement with discussionsaround updating the relationship between the IETF and the Internet Society.

Most importantly for us as a global community of members, organizations and individuals that care deeply about the Internet, he embodies the core values of openness, transparency, inclusion and diversity that lie at the very heart of the Internet Society. He is committed to the ISOC vision of an Internet that works for all of us, and believes fervently in the struggle to bring an Internet that is open, globally-connected,
trusted and secure to everyone.

Not only that, but he is also committed to strengthening and growing our global community. Together, we have built this global technical infrastructure, this resource to enrich people's lives, and this force for good in society. Because it is a challenging time for the Internet, he knows that it’s also a challenging time for the Internet Society, but he firmly believes in the power of this community to realize its shared vision for the Internet.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kathy Brown for her strong leadership over the past four and a half years. She has been pivotal in the organization’s transformation and I believe that we have never been in a stronger position, not just to face the challenges ahead of us, but to emerge as a true world leader in shaping the path and future direction of the Internet for the good of all humanity,” he said.

Kathy, he further said, will continue in her current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society until September 1.


“On assuming his new role, Andrew will work with Kathy during a period of transition to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities,” he said and congratulated Andrew as “we prepare to welcome him into the growing ISOC family as our new President and CEO.

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