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ICANN Names CEO and President, Current CEO Chehadé to Leave Next Month

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced on Monday a replacement for outgoing CEO Fadi Chehadé. Göran Marby, currently Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), will start his role as ICANN CEO and president in May 2016.

According to ICANN, Marby currently lives in Stockholm but will relocate with his family to Los Angeles, one of ICANN’s three global hubs. He will replace Chehadé, who announced his March departure from ICANN last June after three years with the organization.

Marby joins ICANN at a pivotal time for the organization as it readies the move away from US control to a global stakeholder model. The US was supposed to have approved the transition plan already, but the US Commerce Department renewed its oversight contract in August, pushing the transition until after the November presidential election, at least.

Recently, ICANN sent out a statement encouraging Asia-Pacific nations to take a more active role in facilitating the multi-stakeholder internet governance model.

As Marby won’t be joining ICANN until May, there will be a month-and-a-half break between Chehadé’s departure and Marby taking over as CEO, so in the interim Akram Atallah, president of ICANN’s Global Domains division will serve as acting CEO.

Marby comes to ICANN with more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Prior to PTS, Marby co-founded security software company AppGate Network Security AB, where he served as CEO between 2002 and 2009. He has also held various leadership roles at technology companies including network services company Cygate, Cisco and Unisource Business Networks.

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