I would like to extend my support and warmest wishes to David Conrad, Chief Technology Officer (CTO). David has made the decision to leave the ICANN organization. David will stay on until 1 October to ensure a smooth transition.
David has been a key contributor to ICANN's growth and evolution for more than a dozen years. He originally served the org as General Manager of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and Vice President of Infrastructure and Technology from 2005-2010. In 2014, we were fortunate that he chose to return as our CTO.
David is a pioneer in Internet technology and his achievements are extensive. During his tenure at the org, David was instrumental in creating and leading our Office of the CTO to constantly improve knowledge about the identifiers ICANN helps coordinate; to disseminate this information to the Internet community; to improve the technical operation of the Internet's system of unique identifiers; and to improve ICANN's technological stature. He most recently took on the added responsibility of overseeing the IANA functions and renamed his organization the Identifier Research, Operations, and Security (IROS) team to reflect its evolved structure.
Personally, I will miss David for his keen insights, his sound advice, and his commitment to ICANN's mission.
We will conduct a search for his replacement. In the meantime, I have asked John Crain, Chief Security, Stability, and Resiliency Officer, to oversee the IROS team. John is a long-standing member of the ICANN org team, responsible for establishing strategy, planning, and execution for ICANN's external Security, Stability, and Resiliency programs; and represents ICANN in operational and technical dialogues and forums to ensure the full community's engagement with these programs. Prior to this, John was a member of the executive management team at the RIPE NCC in Amsterdam.