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ICANN vice president quits before he starts

Kevin Murphy, August 31, 2011, 09:48:38 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN’s recently announced vice president of Europe, Thomas Spiller, will not be joining the organization after all.

His appointment to the new position was announced June 23. He was due to start work heading ICANN’s Brussels office on Monday.

I understand Spiller has chosen a position at another company instead, and that his decision may have predated the announcement of CEO Rod Beckstrom’s July 2012 departure earlier this month.

A policy expert, he previously worked for the French Prime Minister’s Office and the software company SAS, according to an ICANN press release (pdf).

The European VP job is now being advertised once more on ICANN’s hiring page.

The news of Spiller’s non-showing at ICANN was first revealed this morning by GNSO chair Stephane Van Gelder.

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