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[rpd] AFRINIC Board Appoints a new CEO

Sunday Folayan sfolayan at
Fri Mar 27 14:35:19 UTC 2015

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Dear Members,

I am pleased to inform you that the board has completed the process for
the recruitment of the Chief Executive Officer of AFRINIC.

Mr Alan Barrett will assume the role of CEO of AFRINIC with effect from
20th April 2015 for a term of 3 years in the first instance. He replaces
Mr Adiel Akplogan, who served as the Pioneer CEO, until January 2015.

Alan Barrett's involvement with the Internet began in 1989, when he was
a lecturer in the Electronic Engineering department at the University of
Natal, Durban, South Africa.  During 1990 and 1991, he played a key part
in the transformation of the South African universities network to the
TCP/IP protocols and in its connection to the global Internet.  He
operated the primary name server for .ZA at that time.

He was a co-founder of South Africa's first commercial Internet service
provider, in 1993.

In 1997, he was one of the four authors of the proposal to form AFRINIC,
and he served on the AFRINIC Board from its inception until 2009.  He
has been a member of the ASO Address Council since 2005.  He is
currently a member of the CRISP Team, which drafted the number resource
community's response to the ICG's request for proposals. He is also a
member of the ICG, which is preparing a proposal for the transition of
the IANA functions away from oversight by the US government's NTIA.

He was also one of the founding members of the South African chapter of
the Internet Society, and one of the founding members of Namespace ZA,
an organisation that was intended to oversee the .ZA ccTLD before that
role was taken over by legislation.

Join me in congratulating Alan, and wishing him the best in his new

Yours Sincerely,

Sunday Folayan
Chair, AFRINIC Board
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