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Gina Villavicencio

SVP, Global Human Resources

United States of America


Gina Villavicencio joined the Internet Corporation of Assigned Name and Numbers in 2017 and is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. At ICANN, she is focused on building a dynamic and nimble leadership culture and maximizing engagement among a diverse and global employee base. In addition to Human Resources, she is also responsible for Facilities support for ICANN’s offices worldwide and physical Security Operations for staff and events. Her background in both U.S. and international Human Resources spans the full spectrum of the human capital life cycle, building a track record as a dedicated and collaborative business partner.

Prior to ICANN, Gina held senior management positions at Guitar Center, where she oversaw a detailed career mapping initiative and was engaged in all elements of Human Resources, Learning and Development and Internal Corporate Communications for a collection of national brands and over 11,000 employees, and at Fox Entertainment Group, where she championed the adoption of advanced digital systems in Human Resources. She is DDI-certified in leadership training, experienced in succession planning, passionate about team skill development and, above all, dedicated to working with business partners to accomplish collective goals.

Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California, where her study of diversity and inclusion in the media led her to Human Resources.

Domain Name System
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."