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ICANN Announces the Appointment of Two Senior Managers

After an extensive international search, ICANN has a new General Counsel, John Jeffrey, and a new Vice President of Business Operations, Kurt Pritz. These are the first senior management appointments following ICANN's corporate restructuring announcement in May of 2003. "I am thrilled to have these two outstanding executives join ICANN," said ICANN's CEO/President Paul Twomey. "The caliber of their experience and skills will bring a terrific value to our business from day one. I believe they will make a great contribution to ICANN in reaching its goals."

Mr. Jeffrey is an experienced and accomplished corporate and intellectual property attorney and litigator. Esme Smith with Jones Day, outside counsel to ICANN, has been handling corporate legal matters for ICANN while the search was being conducted and will remain involved in certain matters as outside counsel.

Mr. Jeffrey recently served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Live365, Inc., which operates, the world's largest Internet radio network. Mr. Jeffrey has also served in legal affairs positions at Discovery Communications, TCI Interactive, and Fox Television, and previously practiced as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles. His education includes a BA and a J.D. Mr. Jeffrey can be reached at

Mr. Pritz, Vice President of Business Operations, is a qualified and practicing attorney with an impressive 20-year corporate career in executive operational roles.

As Vice President, Production at Walt Disney Imagineering, Mr. Pritz directed the engineering and manufacture of theme park shows worldwide. Prior to that, he worked as Plant Manager for Eaton Corporation, directing the manufacture of electronic assemblies and avionics sub-systems. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Physics, an M.B.A. and a J.D. Mr. Pritz can be reached at

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