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Xavier Calvez

SVP, Planning & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

United States of America


Xavier Calvez is the Senior Vice President, Planning and Chief Financial Officer. He leads teams charged as the stewards of ICANN's public funds, financial accountability, and transparency. Xavier’s team manages finance, procurement, strategic and operational planning, implementation operations, and risk management to provide integrated operational support for responsible decision-making.

Xavier brings two decades of international experience in France and the US in strategic planning, financial reporting, analysis, and modeling. Prior to joining ICANN in 2011, Xavier held progressive leadership positions in finance at Technicolor, ultimately serving as CFO for Technicolor Creative Services. In that role, he oversaw finance during a time of major transformation of systems implementation, reorganization, and process improvements for a diversified group of businesses across the world.

Xavier’s areas of expertise include strategic, operational and financial planning and reporting, auditing, tax compliance, corporate business development, mergers and acquisitions, and operational management. He has also worked with audit and financial clients out of the Paris and Miami offices of KPMG and Deloitte.

Fluent in English and French, Xavier earned a master’s in accounting and finance from Université du Maine Le Mans-Laval.

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."