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Crawford QUITS as CentralNic CEO

Kevin Murphy, December 12, 2022, 09:10:33 (UTC), Domain Registries

Ben Crawford is leaving CentralNic, the domain registry/registrar that he has led for the last 13 years.

The company announced this morning that he is “retiring” from the board with immediate effect and that Michael Riedl will replace him as CEO.

“I have made the difficult decision to make my 14th year at CentralNic PLC my last, and to take retirement. I wish to thank everybody who played a role in the extraordinary success of the company,” Crawford said on Twitter.

Crawford oversaw the growth of the company, through countless acquisitions, from a provider of niche pseudo-TLDs into a leading back-end registry, registrar and, lately, domain monetization provider.

Riedl was CFO of KeyDrive before its acquisition by CentralNic and has held the role at CentralNic since 2019.

William “Billy” Green, financial director, will replace Riedl as CFO, the company said.

CentralNic said its business is “robust” and that it expects to deliver Q4 results at the top end of analysts’ expectations.


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