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Cyrus Namazi Appointed to Senior Vice President of ICANN's Global Domains Division

LOS ANGELES – 21 February 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Cyrus Namazi has been appointed to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of the Global Domains Division (GDD), and a member of the Executive Team. Namazi reports to Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.

"I have seen first-hand that Cyrus has the knowledge, leadership, and management skills required to effectively lead the Global Domains Division, particularly as the domain name industry continues to grow and mature," said Marby. "I also look forward to his continued contributions as a member of the ICANN Executive Team."

Marby went on to note that with the appointment of Namazi to this new position, ICANN is discontinuing the search for a President of GDD.

"I'm pleased to lead such a strong team, and I am personally committed to delivering outstanding levels of service to our global stakeholders," said Namazi. "We will do this by being responsive, collaborative, and proactively looking for ways to improve our service delivery and address new challenges that may arise in the ever-changing domain name landscape."

The Global Domains Division was initially established in 2013 to handle the increase in scale resulting from the New gTLD Program and to ensure ICANN's operational excellence. Since joining ICANN in 2013, Namazi has served as Vice President of the group's Domain Name Services & Industry Engagement activities, responsible for managing ICANN's relationships with contracted parties; implementing and supporting the lifecycle of policies, services and contracts; and providing subject matter expertise across the ICANN organization and community. He has served as second in command of GDD since 2016, and most recently as interim head of GDD.

Prior to joining ICANN, Namazi served in a number of executive and management roles in the technology sector, providing consulting services and guidance to bring products from concept, design, and manufacturing to market as Principal and Co-founder at Claro Concepts. Previously, he also managed global marketing and application engineering teams at Conexant Systems, Inc. and held leadership positions at AMD, Broadcom, Infineon Technologies, and Solarflare Communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the University of Southern California, both with honors.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must 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 with a community of participants from all over the world.

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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."