Akram was interim President and CEO from 11 March 2016 until 22 May 2016 (midnight) when Göran Marby then stepped in officially.
As the first President of ICANN's Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah oversees management of generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services. His appointment in June 2013 acknowledged the rising importance of the organization's New gTLD Program that is increasing the Internet's top-level domain name space from 22 top-level domains like .COM and .ORG to potentially hundreds more. He is charged with delivering operational excellence while increasing scale and responsibility.
A catalyst for driving positive change and growth in technology organizations, Akram first joined ICANN in September 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he oversaw operations and strategic planning as ICANN evolved and grew from an entrepreneurial-type start-up to an international and professional organization.
His diversified technology experience runs the gamut from engineering to process and performance improvement to product development and marketing. Before joining ICANN, he successfully restructured CoreObjects Software, an engineering services start-up, as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he held positions of progressive responsibility at Conexant Systems, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Broadband Access Business Unit. Among his accomplishments at Conexant were improved profit margins, the restructuring of the marketing and engineering functions and restoration of market leadership position.
Akram has an MBA, a master's in electrical engineering and bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is trilingual in English, Arabic, and French.