Lesley Cowley has unexpectedly quit her job as Nominet’s longstanding CEO.
The .uk registry today announced that she will leave the company July 9, and that the remaining C-suite will manage the company until a replacement is found.
No reason for Cowley’s departure was given, beyond Cowley saying “it is now the right time to move on”.
It’s not known if she has a new gig already lined up. She’s believed to have applied for the ICANN CEO job a couple of times, but that spot isn’t currently vacant.
Cowley has been with Nominet for 15 years and was appointed CEO in 2002.
A small but vocal group of Nominet members has been trying to get her kicked out for the last few years, alleging among other things that she lied to members.
Nominet tells me Cowley’s resignation has nothing to do with that.