The Domain Name Association has lost its second executive director in less than a year.
The trade group has let go industry newcomer Roy Arbeit, who was hired just six months ago following the November 2015 departure of Kurt Pritz.
It does not plan to replace Arbeit, according to an email circulated to DNA members by chair Adrian Kinderis on Friday.
Instead, the day-to-day operations will be outsourced to Virtual, a trade association management company that has been working for the DNA for some time, Kinderis wrote.
The executive director was basically the only full-time DNA employee. The group is steered by a board of directors comprising representatives of major registries and registrars.
The decision to lose the position seems to be a cost-cutting measure, designed to allow the DNA to spend more on public relations campaigns promoting TLD acceptance and diversity, according to the email.