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ICANN Opens Search for SVP, Policy Development Support

8 July 2024

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces that it is conducting a global search for the Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support role previously filled by David Olive.

A fundamental part of ICANN’s mission is to coordinate policy development related to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. The Policy Development Support team facilitates the development of policy recommendations and related advice by ICANN's multistakeholder community. The Senior Vice President for Policy Development Support, a key member of ICANN’s executive team, will lead ICANN’s global policy support function, which comprises more than 40 full-time staff and professional contractors.

To ensure a thorough and timely process, ICANN has engaged the international search firm Odgers Berndtson to assist in the hiring. ICANN is interested in receiving applications from all areas, including internal candidates, the community, and others with relevant qualifications and experience in policy development and facilitation.

Click this link to learn more about the role.

All applications and requests for information should be submitted by email to David Webber (david.webber@odgersberndtson.com), Managing Partner, Odgers Berndston. Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae or resume and a cover letter specifically linking their background and abilities to the role description in the link above, as well as their motivation for the opportunity and alignment with ICANN’s mission. Submissions will only be accepted in Word or PDF format. The window for applications closes on 16 August 2024.

ICANN is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), childbirth or related medical conditions, family care status, genetic information, or any other characteristics protected by law. ICANN values applications from candidates with demonstrated skills in languages in addition to proficient written and spoken English.


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.