ICANN has hired a recruiting firm and posted a job ad, officially kicking off its hunt for a CEO to replace Rod Beckstrom when he leaves next summer.
The organization has posted a candidate profile, listing 25 personal, professional, technical and governance skills that are desirable.
Candidates should have a “solid record of either/or public, corporate, academic service, at a high international level” and be able to combine “weight of personality with empathy towards others of many different backgrounds”.
They should also understand the internet’s technical protocols and have knowledge of international institutions such as the UN, according to the profile.
“Few if any candidates will of course match every single criterion listed above, but those who reach the final shortlist are expected to score very highly against them,” it states.
The Brussels-based executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has been recruited to handle applications, ICANN said.
Beckstrom himself has previously said that he thinks his replacement should come from outside the domain name industry, but this is not stated as a requirement on the profile.