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Icann names Fadi Chehadé as new chief executive

23 Jun 2012
Icann gTLD

Icann has named former IBM executive Fadi Chehadé as its new chief executive.

The internet regulator said that Chehadé will assume the position by 1 October, taking over the role from interim chief executive and chief operating officer Akram Atallah.

The announcement of Chehadé's appointment comes less than two weeks before current Icann chief Rod Beckstrom is due to leave the organisation. Beckstrom, who announced his intention to step down in August of last year, has held the role for three years and has overseen Icann's transition from a government agency to a private entity.

A graduate of Stanford University, Chehadé has served as head of IBM's Middle East and North Africa Global Technology Services business. He is also the founder of e-commerce firm RosettaNet and served as the chief executive of educational software firm Vocado.

"I have spent most of my professional career building consensus among various stakeholders from around the world," Chehadé said.

"I am naturally humbled to now be able to lead an organisation that defines itself by an international multi-stakeholder model and one that is the very core of the security and stability of the internet."

Upon taking over, Chehadé will be taxed with overseeing the ongoing rollout of a new set of generic top-level domains (gTLD).

Icann recently moved the rollout into its next phase when it publicly disclosed the list of firms who have applied for control of certain domains. The process, thus far, has been a rocky road which has included a pair of shutdowns over technical glitches and unintentional data disclosures which have delayed the process by several week.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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