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Göran Marby resigns as ICANN President, board accepts - ITREALMS

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The Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Mr. Göran Marby, the immediate President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) with immediate effect, reports 
ICANN Board Chair, Tripti Sinha
Confirming this development, ICANN Board Chair, Tripti Sinha, thanked Goran for his service to the community in the past six and half year.

As said by him, Goran served during a critical time in ICANN’s history and was instrumental in leading ICANN organization (org) through the final phase of the Internet Assigned Name Authority (IANA) stewardship transition from the United States (U.S.) Government and in setting a solid vision for ICANN’s next chapter.

"He also championed ICANN’s efforts to serve the Internet users of the world through the creation of the DNS Security Facilitation Initiative Technical Study Group and Domain Abuse Activity Reporting project to mitigate threats to the Domain Name System, as well as the Coalition for Digital Africa to bring together like-minded partners to expand the Internet in Africa,” Sinha said.

ITREALMS recalls that among some of the Marby’s notable achievements while in office include but not limited to "Leading ICANN through the COVID-19 global pandemic for which there was no roadmap; Strengthening and evolving the ICANN org culture, resulting in 90% positive engagement survey responses across the staff in 2022; Creating the Operational Design Phase – a mechanism to perform an assessment of Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council policy recommendations to provide the Board with relevant information for its deliberations on whether to approve said recommendations."

In addition, he championed efforts to monitor and mitigate DNS security threats; Successfully engaging with governments around the world to protect ICANN and gain independence to create policies; Creating initiatives to provide greater access to the Internet for users around the world.

At the request of the Board, Marby will be available to consult with ICANN until May 23, 2024, to support the transition to a new leader, as well as to advise the Board on any issue they require.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we have done together with the ICANN community and Board. ICANN org has designed the implementation strategies for several critical initiatives that will shape the future for ICANN and the Internet users of the world,” said Marby.

He stressed keenness that these are long-term initiatives for which leadership continuity is essential, pointing out that the next President and CEO will shepherd the next phase of this work.

ITREALMS gathered that with this development, ICANN Board will convene its search for a new CEO at the start of 2023.
Interim ICANN President, Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Sally Costerton
Meanwhile, the board has named ICANN Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, Sally Costerton, as the Interim President and CEO.

“I’m grateful to Sally for agreeing to take on this extra assignment to provide continuity and leadership,” noted Sinha.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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