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Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

ICANN is pleased to advise that after an extensive executive search, Doug Brent has been appointed to the new position of Chief Operating Officer. This position is key to continuing to improve ICANN's operational effectiveness.

Doug will be responsible for finance, human resources, IANA, administration, conferences, and compliance as well as policy. He will be based in the Marina Del Rey office.

Doug Brent has a twenty-five year record of management and leadership in high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Most recently, Doug was CEO of Packet Design Inc., an innovator of network routing and traffic analysis solutions. Doug led Packet Design from its inception through commercial deployment of its products in some of the largest carrier and enterprise networks in the world. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer of Packet Design’s research company predecessor. Before Packet Design, Doug was vice president of engineering and acting as CEO at Andes Networks, and vice president of engineering at Whistle Communications. When IBM acquired Whistle, he joined IBM as general manager for small business services, Global Small Business Division. Doug has also held executive and engineering management positions at Taligent (an Apple/IBM/HP joint venture) and Apple Computer. He has a B.A. in economics from University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

ICANN welcomes Doug and wishes him every success in assisting the organisation achieve operational excellence.


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