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Jamie Hedlund to Take on Senior Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards Role at ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Jamie Hedlund, Vice President of Strategic Programs for ICANN's Global Domains Division, will take on Allen Grogan's role as Senior Vice President (SVP), Contractual Compliance and Consumer Safeguards, following Grogan's previously announced departure.

"Contractual compliance, consumer safeguards and public responsibility are areas of central importance to ICANN," said CEO Göran Marby. "Jamie has years of ICANN and legal experience, which he will be using to build upon the great work already done by Allen and the rest of the global Contractual Compliance team. Jamie was central to this organization's work on the IANA Stewardship Transition, and I'm delighted to have him contribute further to ICANN's mission."

Duncan Burns, SVP, Global Communications, will take on Hedlund's former responsibilities overseeing U.S. government relations and management of ICANN's Washington D.C. office.

As part of this change, Hedlund will become a member of the Executive Team and report to Göran Marby.

"I am excited to take on this new challenge. Contractual compliance and consumer safeguards are critical to the credibility of ICANN's multistakeholder model. I look forward to working with the whole community to uphold the integrity of our mission and our agreements," said Jamie.

Jamie Hedlund is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in public policy and business development in the communications industry. He joined ICANN in 2010 as Vice President for Government Affairs for the Americas. In his recent role as Vice President of Strategic Programs for ICANN's Global Domain Division, he worked at the intersection of ICANN's contracts with registries, registrars and global public policy. He was also responsible for ICANN's relationships with North American governments and played a crucial role during the IANA Stewardship Transition.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world. ICANN and its community help keep the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It also promotes competition and develops policy for the top-level of the Internet's naming system and facilitates the use of other unique Internet identifiers.


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