Thomas Narten works on Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He has worked for IBM since 1995 and has been involved in networking for 20 years.
Since 1995, he has been an active contributor in the IETF, co-authoring 10 RFCs, including two core IPv6 specifications. From 1997 to 2005, he was an IETF Area Director for the Internet area. During this time, he focused on strengthening the working relationship between IANA and the IETF and between the IETF and the RIR community.
Since 2001, he has been an active participant in the development of IPv6 address policy in the RIR community. On the IETF side, he helped develop RFC 3177, "IAB/IESG Recommendations on IPv6 Address Allocations to Sites," which served as input to the RIR discussions. On the RIR side, he participates in public policy discussions in the APNIC, ARIN and RIPE regions and was a key participant in the process that produced the globally-coordinated IPv6 address policy adopted by each of the RIRs in 2002.
Prior to joining IBM, he was on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at SUNY-Albany (1989-1994). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Board liaison terms end (subject to possible re-appointment) after the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting each year. Thomas Narten has been selected as the IETF liaison to the ICANN Board for 2012.