UK Domain Registry Nominet Names New CEO

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Domain registry Nominet announced on Tuesday that it has named Russell Haworth CEO. Haworth will start his new position in January 2015.

Haworth joins Nominet from Thomson Reuters where he was managing director, Middle East & Africa.

Former Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley left the company in July 2014. The company’s leadership team worked with its board in the meantime before naming Haworth CEO.

According to Nominet, Haworth will be leading the organization as it develops its core registry business and explores new technologies.

This year Nominet officially launched its shorter .UK domains. The move was met with feedback from critics that the shorter domains were a money grab from Nominet, and could be confusing to existing registrants.

“It’s an exciting time for Nominet as we embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead, and we are delighted to have Russell join us,” Nominet Chair Baroness Fritchie said. “Russell brings an excellent mix of leadership qualities, experience working in complex stakeholder environments and a strong track record in developing a core business while exploring new opportunities. We welcome Russell to Nominet and are looking forward to working with him.”

“Over the last 18 years, Nominet has made a major contribution to the success story that is the internet in the UK,” Haworth said. “Looking forward, we have a great opportunity to shape the Nominet of the future. I look forward to working with the team, members, and the wider internet community to do just that.”

Earlier this year, Nominet ran a pilot program of a cybersecurity support and advice service for SMBs called Nominet Cyber Assist.

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