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ICANN Ombudsman Announces Departure

11 July 2023

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announces that ICANN Ombudsman, Herb Waye, has informed the Board of his resignation. Waye’s last day will be 30 September 2023.

“Herb has been an important member of the Office of the Ombuds for more than 16 years, first serving Adjunct Ombuds for a decade before taking on the role of ICANN Ombudsman in 2016,” said Tripti Sinha, Chair of the ICANN Board. “On behalf of the Board, I’d like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to Herb for his many contributions over the years. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

The search for Waye’s successor will begin immediately.  

The Office of the Ombudsman is a core pillar of ICANN accountability. The Ombudsman is an independent, impartial and neutral resource that acts as an informal dispute resolution office for the ICANN community, who may wish to lodge a complaint involving the ICANN Board, staff or supporting organizations. The purpose of the office is to ensure that the members of the ICANN community have been treated fairly.

To learn more about ICANN Ombudsman, go here: http://www.icann.org/ombudsman/.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.