The First Week
As I begin my role with ICANN, I wanted to provide you with a quick update on my early days. With a packed schedule, I've been focused on learning as much as possible, and on meeting many members of the ICANN community.
I kicked off with my first Board workshop, in Amsterdam. I spent time with my senior team and the Board, and was able to dig into some of the big issues ICANN is tackling. After the Board Workshop, I attended the first day of the GDD Summit. It was a great opportunity to meet many of the contracted parties that are members of the ICANN community, and I appreciated learning more about issues affecting registries and registrars, as well as the lively discussions on subsequent procedures of generic top-level domains.
After the meetings in Amsterdam, I spent the weekend in Copenhagen, at an informal meeting with the leadership of the "I* organizations." It was an interesting meeting, with an impressive level of collaboration and frank dialogue contributed by all parties involved. We explored areas of possible cooperation, and discussed everything from the status of the implementation of IANA stewardship transition to the Internet of Things and its impact on the work of I* organizations.
On my first formal day at ICANN, I was able to spend the day getting to know my colleagues in the European Internet Numbers community at part of RIPE-72, a community that is part of the core of ICANN. It was a great way to learn more about the issues – and to reaffirm our commitment to work with the community on the IANA transition implementation, and to identify and address any key emerging issues, now and in a post-transition ICANN.
After a brief few days home in Stockholm, I head off to Los Angeles to settle into my new office. The level of collegiality and coordination is what makes this community great, and I am glad to be a part of it. I look forward to learning from, working with and supporting many of you in the near future.