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Update From the ICANN Board’s CEO Search Committee

6 March 2024
By Chris Chapman

As Chair of the ICANN Board's CEO Search Committee, I wanted to share an update on the search for ICANN's next leader.

As ICANN Board Chair Tripti Sinha shared in her welcome speech at ICANN79, the Board continues to work to fulfill its critical responsibility of selecting ICANN's next President and CEO. Last year, we held extensive listening sessions with stakeholders from across ICANN and the Internet ecosystem, whose input helped shape the candidate profile and position description.

ICANN is at an inflection point and faces a range of challenges. In the next President and CEO, we are looking for an individual with transformational leadership, who inspires action to effectively and relentlessly execute on multiple fronts, and who will:

  • Modernize the organization and its processes.
  • Implement policies successfully and in a timely manner.
  • Build even stronger partnerships within the ecosystem.
  • Reshape ICANN into an exemplar multistakeholder model.
  • Work effectively on the global stage with other international leaders in this critical space to reaffirm an inclusive, multistakeholder Internet governance paradigm.

The search process is ongoing but well advanced. It has yielded an experienced and diverse candidate pool from across the globe. The Board is diligently working toward identifying the individual who has the right temperament and balance of personal, management, and technical skills to lead ICANN during these exceptional times, and into the next chapter of its journey.

On behalf of the Search Committee and the entire ICANN Board, thank you for your interest in, and contributions to, this search process.


Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman

ICANN Board Member