I want to extend my warmest wishes and heartfelt thanks to Duncan Burns, Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Managing Director, Washington D.C. Office, who has decided to leave the ICANN organization at the end of March, after ICANN61.
In the nearly five years since Duncan joined ICANN, he has made significant contributions to the ICANN org in the areas of Communications, in his role on the Executive Team, in overseeing Language Services, U.S. Government Relations, and the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI), among other projects.
While we evaluate how to best handle Duncan's responsibilities, his number two, Gwen Carlson, Senior Director, will run Communications and Language Services and help ensure a smooth transition. Chris Mondini, ICANN's Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for North America and Global Business Engagement, will lead our U.S. Government engagement activities during this time. In addition, David Conrad, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, will continue to lead our Information Transparency Initiative, in conjunction with the ITI Steering Committee.