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Thursday, December 22 2022 - 13:55
Goran Marby Steps Down as ICANN President and CEO
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces that 
the Board of Directors has accepted Goran Marby's resignation as President and 
Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Marby's departure is effective immediately.

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"On behalf of the Board I'd like to thank Goran for his leadership over the 
past six-and-a-half years. He served during a critical time in ICANN's 
history," said ICANN Board Chair Tripti Sinha. "He was instrumental in leading 
ICANN organization (org) through the final phase of the IANA stewardship 
transition from the 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."

Among Marby's many notable achievements ( 
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    -- 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. 
    -- Championing 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. "I am also keenly aware that these are 
long-term initiatives for which leadership continuity is essential. The next 
President and CEO will shepherd the next phase of this work." 

The ICANN Board will convene its search for a new CEO at the start of 2023. 
Sally Costerton, ICANN Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice 
President, Global Stakeholder Engagement, has been named as Interim President 
and CEO. "I'm grateful to Sally for agreeing to take on this extra assignment 
to provide continuity and leadership," noted Sinha. 

For a high-resolution image of Tripti Sinha, please visit here ( 
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For more information about Sally Costerton, please visit here ( 
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For a high-resolution image of Costerton, please visit here ( 

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global 
Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address 
– a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be 
unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and 
support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as 
a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from 
all over the world.


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