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Namazi named new GDD boss

Kevin Murphy, February 22, 2019, 19:57:28 (UTC), Domain Policy

Cyrus Namazi has been appointed as the new head of ICANN’s Global Domains Division.
He’s been in the role on an interim basis since November, when former GDD president Akram Atallah left to lead Donuts.
Namazi won’t be “president” though, his new job title is senior vice president. He was previously VP of DNS industry engagement, having joined ICANN in 2013.
He’ll be on the executive team and report to CEO Göran Marby, ICANN said.
Namazi and Atallah worked together in their pre-ICANN days at technology firm Conexant Systems.
The GDD basically overseas everything related to ICANN’s gTLD contracted parties.

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Comments (3)

  1. Aaron Pace says:

    Namazi is a real talent! Congratulations!!

  2. Richard Funden says:

    Apparently the first order of business for Cyrus was to clean house in the compliance department.

  3. Phil Buckingham says:

    Congratulations Cyrus. Doesn’t there needs to be a complete overhaul of the GDD to justify its very existence. Then Critically if, when, how it is going to budget, cost recover, evaluate, fund, implement another Round(s) of TLD Registries. Best to start with lots of global outreach to establish if there is any demand.

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