27 candidates shortlisted for ICANN CEO position


The search for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) next chief executive has narrowed down to 27 applicants following the closure of submission of applications on Friday February 17 this year.

ICANN announced via its website that “The CEO Search Committee has been actively working to identify top candidates for ICANN’s CEO/President position, to commence 1 July 2012.”

“The window for candidate applications closed on Friday, 17 February. Our partner in the search process, Odgers Berndtson, has collected well over 100 candidates for the position. Candidates have come from community referrals, our ad in the Economist, and the firm’s outreach efforts. Odgers Berndtson interviewed and submitted 27 promising candidates to the committee, and the committee has chosen and interviewed 16 of them by teleconference,” reads the statement.

The search committee is now selecting a subset of this group for a second round of face-to-face interviews through which it expects to choose yet another subset for presentation to the ICANN Board for intensive interviewing, followed by a decision to be made by the Board. The target for completion is mid April this year.

The contract of the current Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) chief executive Rod Beckstrom comes to an end in July 2012 having served the organization from July 2009. Beckstrom replaced Paul Twomey, after previously serving as director of National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) at US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to this Beckstrom served on DNI’s Senior Advisory Group.