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Announcing My New Deputies

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I am pleased to announce that I have appointed John Jeffrey, General Counsel and Secretary, and Theresa Swinehart, Senior Vice President, Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives, to serve as my deputies.

Each member of the ICANN org Executive Team has a deputy who stands in when needed. In our global environment, being able to delegate and empower alleviates pressure on any one person and helps ensure continuity of service. This ultimately means better support for the community.

John has more than 30 years of business, legal, strategic, and general management experience, having served in increasing levels of responsibility at Live365, Discovery Communications, TCI, and Fox Television, as well as private litigation practice. He has been ICANN’s General Counsel and Secretary since 2003. In his role, John is responsible for the ICANN org legal department, with oversight of contractual services, intellectual property management, litigation, reconsideration requests, organizational compliance support and the Complaints Office, among other areas.

Theresa has been involved in Internet policy issues for more than 20 years, and with ICANN since its inception. She has held various leadership roles in the org on topics such as: global and strategic partnerships, ICANN’s reform process, establishing ICANN’s international team, and the IANA Stewardship Transition, among others. Currently, Theresa oversees a team responsible for ICANN’s reviews and strategic planning, and other initiatives. Theresa also worked at MCI and Verizon Communications on Internet policy issues. She began her career in the international human rights field.

Join me in congratulating them.


    Mary Uduma  02:05 UTC on 24 October 2018

    Congratulations my friend Theresa, you have always been around and dedicated to the cause of ICANN. Your appointment is very well deserved. The reward for hard work is more work. Wishing you the best in this new position for more hard work!!!! Congratulations John, appointment well deserved. Best of luck in your new job.

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