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ICANN loses comms chief to Fannie Mae

Kevin Murphy, February 22, 2018, 16:59:49 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN’s top PR guy has quit for a job at Fannie Mae.

Duncan Burns, senior vice president of global communications and managing director of the Washington DC office, will leave the organization next month after the ICANN 61 meeting in Puerto Rico.

Burns has been leading comms at ICANN for five years. Last year, he also took over as ICANN’s lead DC lobbyist, a reduced role in the post-IANA-transition world.

He told DI that he’s going to be VP of external communications at Fannie Mae, the mortgage finance company.

ICANN said that while a permanent replacement is found his deputy Gwen Carlson will take over the comms role while Chris Mondini, VP of stakeholder engagement, will cover US government relations.

If anyone’s wondering how this affects ICANN’s current budget discussions, Burns received total compensation in excess of $415,000 in 2016, ICANN’s last-reported tax year.

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