ICANN President and CEO to Leave Office
March 3, 2009
ICANN President and CEO Paul Twomey announced at the 34th International meetings in Mexico City that he would be stepping down at the end of 2009.
“Last year, I told the Board that I did not want to renew my contract as President and CEO for another 3 year term,” said Twomey. “While I am deeply and personally committed to ICANN and its success, I think this is the right time for me to move on to another leadership position in the private or international sectors.”
Twomey has served as the President and CEO of ICANN since 2003. Prior to that, Twomey served as Chairman of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).
During Twomey’s tenure with ICANN the organization witnessed tremendous growth and has initiated many new measures to further expansion (new gTLDs and Internationalized TLDs).
Twomey will continue to be involved with ICANN even after relinquishing his position.
“The Board has asked me to stay on after it appoints a successor to have a period of handover with the new appointee. During this transition period I shall be appointed to the new position of Senior President,” said Twomey.
ICANN’s Press Release regarding Paul Twomey’s announcement can be found here.
Paul Twomey’s biography can be found here.