Marina del Rey, California USA (19 March 2003) Australian Dr. Paul Twomey has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the new President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). On 27 March, Dr. Twomey will replace retiring President/CEO Stuart Lynn, who has served for the past two years.
"I am very pleased that Paul will be the next ICANN President, following a thorough and global search process" noted Vint Cerf, ICANN Board Chairman. "His strong background in the private and government sectors, coupled with his extensive experience with ICANN, provides a solid foundation for his leadership. He will hit the ground running."
In a statement issued this morning, Dr. Twomey stated: "I am honored to accept this important position at a key time in the maturation of ICANN. I am impressed with ICANN's overall strengths. I look forward to enriching its global relationships and completing its reform efforts. I plan to consult with all sectors of ICANN's communities to learn how we can work together for the good of the Internet."
Dr. Twomey is currently Managing Director of Argo P@cific, an Australian Internet consulting and incubator corporation. From 1989 through 1994 he worked for the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Specializing in telecommunications and financial services, he consulted for clients in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and New York.
Between 1994 and 1997, he gained further international experience as Executive General Manager of the Australian Trade Commission. From 1997-2000, he headed Australia's National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE). As Special Adviser, he coordinated the government's National Strategy for the Information Economy. In 2000, the Australian government appointed him its Special Representative for the Internet and ICANN.
Twomey's considerable background with ICANN dates back to his involvement with the original White Paper process that led to ICANN's founding. For the three years ending November 2002, he served as the first chair of the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), a global forum of governmental representatives that provides advice to the ICANN Board on public policy issues. In his GAC role, Twomey has worked with global constituencies in arriving at consensus on broad policy issues.
Dr. Twomey holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Arts (Political Science and International Relations) from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.