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Facebook hires ICANN director

Kevin Murphy, September 14, 2011, 16:07:04 (UTC), Domain Policy

ICANN director Erika Mann has reportedly been hired to head up Facebook’s new Brussels office.

Mann started last week as one of a handful of “politically connected new talent” to join the social networking company recently, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Mann was a Member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 2009, representing a German constituency.

She joined ICANN’s board of directors last December, after her appointment by the Nominating Committee. She’s currently the only female director with a vote.

Facebook is an increasingly active ICANN participant.

Its envoy, global domain name manager Susan Kawaguchi, sits on the Whois Policy Review Team, for example.

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