During today’s GAC Plenary session in Durban we announced that Everton Lucero our Stakeholder Engagement Manager based in Brazil will be leaving ICANN. Everton has accepted an offer to work for the Brazilian Government and long time colleague and former boss, Minister of External Relations, Antonio Patriota.
We will be sad to see Everton leave our team, but we are proud and excited for him as well. He has made a remarkable contribution to the ICANN community in a staff role and I know he will expand that still further in his new role. I also want to thank the Brazilian Government for working with us so constructively on this issue. I have no doubt that our partnershp will deepen and broaden with Everton in this new role.
During the GAC meeting I was very encouraged by the supportive nature of the comments made by Romulo Neves, interim Brazilian GAC representative, saying that Everton’s skills and expertise are critical to help the government to organize the debate internally not only around Internet Governance but also about Internet-related public policies in general. He made a particular point of emphasising that this appointment is evidence of Brazil’s commitment to ICANN and its multistakeholder model.
Everton will continue at ICANN till mid-August as he transitions to his new position, and working with us to identify a successor. We will miss him, but we are looking forward to working with him in his new role at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.