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Chris Mondini Appointed ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director, Brussels

LOS ANGELES – 13 January 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that Chris Mondini has been appointed Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Europe and Managing Director for the Brussels, Belgium office. He reports to Sally Costerton, Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement.

In his new role, Mondini will oversee ICANN org's operations in the region and will continue to lead ICANN org's Global Business Engagement initiatives worldwide. He brings an ideal mix of engagement and managerial experience to this role, along with language skills.

Mondini currently serves as Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, North America. During his nearly eight-year tenure at ICANN org, he has worked in several ICANN offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Mondini joined ICANN org as Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer and was a founding member of the Global Stakeholder Engagement team upon its formation. This experience enabled Mondini to build an extended network of colleagues and stakeholders around the world.

Mondini began his career as a United States diplomat and later became a corporate investigator with Deloitte. He has investigated the world's largest corporate corruption cases, while working with non-governmental organizations and business organizations on ways to mitigate corruption risks. Mondini also led grant-making teams for the Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization addressing economic development challenges. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

Mondini will be based in Brussels.


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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