Frank Fowlie has announced that he will be leaving his position as Ombudsman for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), effective on or before 31 January 2011.
"After six years with ICANN, I have logged 794 days in travel status, or about two years and five months away from home," said Fowlie in announcing his departure to the ICANN staff. "It's time for me to spend a bit more time at home with my wonderful wife."
"Frank has been instrumental in establishing ICANN's first online presence for the Ombudsman's office," said Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of the ICANN Board. "We wish him all the best and we will begin a search immediately to find a suitable successor." Fowlie has agreed to stay at ICANN long enough to help with the transition of his successor.
The ICANN Ombudsman serves as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) office for anyone in the ICANN community who may wish to lodge a complaint about a staff or board decision. The Ombudsman also hears grievances about any particular action or lack of action. The office is aimed at ensuring that members of the ICANN community have been treated fairly, while acting as an impartial officer.
To learn more about ICANN Ombudsman, go here: http://www.icann.org/ombudsman/.
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