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My Transition from ICANN CEO, an Update

23 December 2015
By Fadi Chehadé

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As you know, I will be leaving ICANN in March 2016, and I have been sharing my future plans. As previously announced, I have accepted an appointment with a financial institution, and in addition, I’ve been invited to serve in several part-time advisory roles post ICANN.

I most recently accepted the invitation to co-chair a newly formed advisory committee to the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen.  The first meeting of the committee will take place in Summer 2016.  My goal is to continue to advocate for global multi-stakeholder governance and a single, open, and interoperable Internet. To avoid any misunderstanding, I wish to confirm again that I have accepted this future role in my personal capacity.

This week, I met with the Board at its request to give a debriefing on my recent activities and my plans for the coming months. I re-affirmed to the Board -- and now to the community -- that I will continue to give ICANN’s operations and the IANA Stewardship Transition my full attention until the end of my tenure.

And with this, I shall close shop for 2015 and head home to celebrate with my family. I wish all of you happy holidays, with plenty of laughter, and I look forward to start a great new year with you!


Fadi Chehadé

Former President & CEO