[AfrICANN-discuss] Experienced Technology Leader Named as ICANN President and CEO

Bob Omondi omondibob at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 19:45:07 UTC 2016

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*Los Angeles, California…* Göran Marby, an experienced business executive
and government leader has been named the next President and Chief Executive
Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

"I'm delighted to announce Göran as the new head of ICANN," said Dr.
Stephen Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors. "His leadership
experience as a technology CEO and start-up founder as well as his current
experience as Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
will be invaluable as ICANN moves towards the next chapter in its history.
We conducted an extensive, global search and Göran impressed us all
throughout with his shared values, operational experience and understanding
of the Internet ecosystem. I'm looking forward to working with him and what
I know will be his substantial contribution to ICANN and to helping ensure
a stable, secure and unified global Internet."

Marby is a Swedish citizen, currently living in Stockholm. He and his
family will be relocating to Los Angeles, California the location of one of
ICANN's three global hubs.

"I am very excited to be joining ICANN and joining at the start of a new
era for the organization and the community," said Marby. "While I know
there is much for me to learn, I am eager to work with ICANN's
multistakeholder community to continue all the good work that ICANN has
been doing and am very committed to implementing the community's decisions
– both with respect to the IANA Stewardship Transition, but also in the
myriad important areas of ICANN policy development as it fulfills its

Marby will succeed current President and CEO Fadi Chehadé whose term
finishes on March 15, 2016. Marby will join ICANN in May 2016. During this
time, Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division will
serve as acting CEO.

"I am very grateful to Akram for agreeing to step into this role and
providing the continuity and leadership ICANN needs at such an important
time," said Dr Crocker.

Göran Marby has more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and
technology sectors. Prior to joining PTS he co-founded AppGate Network Security
AB a security software company where he served as CEO between 2002 and 2009
with a focus on international customers and operations.

He has held several other leadership roles in the Internet and technology
sectors including as CEO of Cygate a network services company, Country
Manager for Cisco in Sweden and as CEO of Unisource Business Networks in

Marby holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Gothenburg School
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