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Experienced Internet Veterans Return to ICANN to Support Global Engagement and Technical Excellence

20 June 2014 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that it is has named David Conrad to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Anne-Rachel Inné to the role of VP, Government Engagement – Geneva.

As CTO, Conrad will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to develop a technology roadmap for the Internet identifiers system and coordinate with community. Conrad will assume the role of CTO on 4 August and report to Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Global Domains Division.

"David's extensive experience with domain name system operations, Internet identifier technology, cybersecurity, and IT, coupled with his familiarity with ICANN, makes him the ideal person for this new role," said Atallah. "I am confident that David will quickly make an impact as we continue to focus on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and security of our business operations."

Anne-Rachel Inné will assume the role on 15 July and report to ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President on Government Engagement, Tarek Kamel.

Based in ICANN's Geneva Engagement Center, Anne-Rachel will be responsible for designing a full engagement plan for ICANN's outreach work with the country missions to the UN in Geneva.

"The VP Government Engagement role- Geneva is critical in expanding our engagement efforts with governments, intergovernmental organizations and the UN in Geneva," said Kamel. "We are pleased to welcome back Anne-Rachel to ICANN, and are confident she'll bring a lot to the role based on her extensive experience in the ICANN community."

About David Conrad

Conrad has more than 30 years of experience in the Internet industry, including 5 years with ICANN where he held positions including general manager of IANA and vice president of Infrastructure & Technology from 2005-2010. Most recently Conrad served as owner/principal of Virtualized, LLC, where he provided consulting services on Internet technologies, domain name system operations, cybersecurity, and Internet governance policies, standards and technologies. Additional experience includes founder, CTO for Nominum, Inc.; president and CEO of Internet Engines, Inc.; executive director of the Internet Software Consortium (ISC); and director general of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), Ltd. Conrad holds of Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

About Anne-Rachel Inné

Anne-Rachel brings more than 16 years experience in the ICT sphere and extensive background and relationships with the ICANN community and governments, having held roles including Chief Operations Officer at AFRINIC, where she led Member Services, Communications and IT teams and was responsible for maintaining relationships with governments and intergovernmental organizations.. Prior to this, she was a key contributor to ICANN processes and functions and contributed to policy analysis and international relationship management. She performed several functions for ICANN. Most recently, from 2006-2012, she was the Manager for Regional Relations in Africa for ICANN.


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