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John Crain Appointed ICANN Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

19 January 2022

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization (org) today announced that its Chief Security, Stability, and Resiliency Officer (CSSRO) John Crain has been appointed ICANN Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He now reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.

Crain, who will lead the org’s Identifier Research, Operations, and Security (IROS) team, first joined ICANN in 2001. In his most recent position as CSSRO, Crain was responsible for establishing strategy, planning, and security for the org’s SSR-related programs and he represents ICANN in operational and technical dialogues and forums to ensure the community’s engagement with these programs.

“I’m very pleased to make this announcement. John has been instrumental in protecting the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet for the users of the world during a time of rapid expansion and evolution,” said Marby. “His leadership, keen insight, and outstanding contributions have made him a well-respected member of the ICANN community and a trusted member of the security community. He is the right person to lead our efforts to improve our knowledge about the identifiers ICANN helps coordinate, to improve the technical operation of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, and to evolve and future-proof our technological stature.”

In his new role, Crain takes on the added responsibility of leading ICANN org’s technical research efforts and will oversee the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. Crain succeeds David Conrad, who left the org in October 2021.

Prior to joining ICANN org, Crain was a member of the executive management team at the RIPE NCC in Amsterdam.

Crain is based out of ICANN org’s Los Angeles office.

About ICANN

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.