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President's Corner: Closing Out 2016

12 December 2016
By Göran Marby


It's been a big year – for ICANN – and for me, personally. I've traveled around the world, meeting and working together with many of you. It has been a pleasure, and I want to thank all of you for your hard work this year.

This year, the ICANN community came together, trusting each other, to create the final proposals and complete the IANA stewardship transition, after many years of compromise and collaboration. The success of this effort is a real testament to the strength of the multistakeholder model in tackling issues like this.

The result of these efforts is that ICANN is truly rooted in accountability. The entire ICANN ecosystem is more accountable to each other and to you. Thank you for that.

As we look ahead at what the next year will bring, my focus, as CEO of the ICANN organization, is on doing what we do even better, under the new mission and bylaws, and supporting our strategic objectives. And as one final bit of business this year, to further our commitment to ICANN's long-term financial accountability, stability and sustainability I want to announce that Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Xavier Calvez will now be reporting directly to me.

Thank you for your patience and support over the course of the past year. I'm looking forward to 2017 – to meeting more of you and to continue working together. Happy holidays to you and your family. I wish you all the best in the New Year.

Göran Marby
ICANN President and CEO


Göran Marby

Göran Marby

Former President & CEO