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auDA chief Disspain let go after 16 years

Kevin Murphy, March 24, 2016, 10:37:20 (UTC), Domain Registries

Australian ccTLD manager auDA had parted ways with its founding CEO, Chris Disspain.

Disspain had been with auDA since its formation in 2000, spearheading the liberalization of the .au market.

His contract was up for renewal later this year, auDA said, “but the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward”.

No further explanation was given, but it seems he’s leaving immediately.

Chief operations and policy officer Jo Lim will be acting CEO while a permanent replacement is found, a process expected to take six months.

auDA’s brief statement can be found here.

Disspain is a long-time ICANN leader, chairing the ccNSO for many years and sitting on the board of directors in one of the two ccNSO seats since 2011.

A vocal and active participant in board interactions with the community, he’s often tipped as a natural successor to current chair Steve Crocker, whose term limit kicks in late 2017.

Losing his job at auDA may make that a little more complicated.

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Comments (1)

  1. John Dawson says:

    Let us see the annual reort to see if expenses have gone down.

    No one at auDA needs to fly First Class so hopefully this will be stopped as will the grants to people linked to auDA via the scam “FOUNDATION”.

    auDA has over $10 million in the bank and to remain a not for profit they seem to blow a hell of a lot of money for no good reason.

    One less snout in the trough.. next stop for some may be the Icann trough they already have been in also.

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