After two and a half remarkable years of establishing and growing ICANN’s presence in the APAC region, Kuek Yu-Chuang, our Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific Hub, has decided to move into a new career outside the Domain Name Industry.
As part of our succession plan, Jia-Rong Low, who has led key strategic initiatives for ICANN’s stakeholder engagement in Asia, will be taking over in the above capacities with immediate effect.
Having helped Kuek establish the APAC Hub since its inception, Jia-Rong is a familiar face to the APAC community, and an instrumental member of the APAC team. I am confident of his abilities to ensure business continuity of the APAC Hub, and to carry out our commitment to further strengthen ICANN’s operations and services to the APAC and wider global community.
Between now and his departure in late January, Kuek will move to an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition.
I would like to thank Kuek for his many contributions. Kuek has helped us realize our globalization vision in the APAC region and built a mature team that can help us through the transition and achieve greater deliverables.
Just to name a few, through Kuek’s leadership, the APAC Hub has grown its staff strength to provide key ICANN services to the region. These include: registry and registrar support, global support centre, stakeholder engagement, contractual compliance, DNS operations and security capacity building, operations, IT, communications, legal, finance and HR.
Through the APAC Hub, ICANN signed partnership agreements with key regional stakeholders such as APNIC and APTLD, to enhance collaboration to contribute towards many of ICANN’s objectives.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank you, our APAC stakeholders, for your support, feedback and inputs that have helped us to grow the APAC Hub. Our globalization journey has just begun, and I hope to have your continued support, to work closely and collaborate with Jia-Rong and the APAC team to better service and engage with you.
Lastly, please join me in thanking Kuek for his contributions towards ICANN and our multistakeholder community, and to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.