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Xavier Calvez


United States of America

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Xavier Calvez joined ICANN in August 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. He brings to his position two decades of international experience in strategic planning, financial reporting, analysis and modeling and financial systems implementation. Prior to joining ICANN, he held progressive leadership positions in finance at Technicolor/Thomson Multimedia over a ten-year period, ultimately serving as CFO for Technicolor Creative Services. In that role, he oversaw finance during a time of major transformation with system's implementation, reorganization, and process changes/improvements for a diversified group of businesses, spread across the world.

Before joining Technicolor/Thomson Multimedia, Xavier worked with audit and financial clients out of the Paris and Miami offices of KPMG and Deloitte.

His areas of expertise include acquisition/integration, restructuring, line of business reporting, auditing, tax compliance, strategic and operational planning, organization development and cost management.

Xavier earned a Masters in Accounting and Finance from Université du Maine-Le Mans-Laval. He speaks English and French fluently.

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."