President and CEO ICANN Fadi Chehade announces his exit in the Domain name industry

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CEO ICANN, Fadi Chehade has announced the conclusion of his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector outside the Domain Name Industry.

At the request of the Board, Chehadé will be available to work closely with ICANN after March 2016 to support the transition to a new leader, as well as to advise the Board on any issue they require including the implementation of the IANA Stewardship Transition from the US Government to ICANN and the technical operating community.

Mr. Fadi Chehade joined ICANN in late 2012, building a strong executive leadership team that transformed ICANN from a Los Angeles-based organization to one with a global presence with staff in 25 countries and services offered in seven languages.

In 2014, he presided over the most significant milestone in ICANN’s history: the United States government’s announcement that it would transfer stewardship of the IANA functions to the global Internet community. This step forward is the realization of a long time goal for the United States and a recognition of ICANN’s maturity as a global organization.

That same year, the first registries from the most recent round of new GTLDs came online, commencing the largest-ever expansion of the Domain Name System. Before joining ICANN as its President and CEO in late 2012, 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.

“I want to thank Fadi for his strong commitment,” said Dr. Stephen Crocker, Chair of the Board of Directors.  I am very confident that with Fadi’s continued leadership and ICANN’s very experienced management team who have the breadth to ensure that ICANN continues to manage its key responsibilities effectively, that the organization’s work will proceed smoothly.”

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“I am deeply committed to working with the Board, our staff, and our community to continue ICANN’s mission as we still have much to accomplish,” said Chehadé.  “During the remaining 10 months of my tenure, it’s business-as-usual.  My priority remains to continue strengthening ICANN’s operations and services to the global community.”

The graduate from Stanford university has also founded and led three companies since 1987;

  • Viacore, launched in 1999, was the world’s leading B2B process integration hub offering a complete solution of specialized software and services for global 500 companies. In 2006 he led Vicaore’s successful acquisition by IBM.• RosettaNet, a non-profit multi-stakeholder company founded in 1997. Chehadé rallied all the leading ICT companies in the world including IBM, HP, Microsoft, SAP, Nokia and Oracle to collaborate on B2B standards. RosettaNet became the high-technology industry’s leading eBusiness standards consortium. RosettaNet adopted a multi-stakeholder approach to define and standardize a complete inter-company process language, enabling the ICT sector to use the Internet for real-time process synchronization between thousands of trading partners.

    • Nett Information Products, launched in 1987 to create and develop an Internet-based content management and sharing solution, successfully weaving hundreds of ICT suppliers and thousands of their resellers into a powerful collaborative business web of applications and content. Ingram Micro the world’s largest ICT distributor acquired Nett, where Chehadé became vice president of its Customer Information Services Group.


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