Rod Beckstrom finally calls it a day at ICANN

The outgoing ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom

After three years at the helm of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the US-based body which manages operations of the internet globally – Rod Beckstrom handed over on Sunday July 1 to his interim successor Akram Attallah, who will act till October when the substantive CEO Fadi Chehadé takes over.

Beckstrom joined ICANN in July 2009 after replacing Paul Twomey. Prior to becoming ICANN CEO, Beckstrom was director of National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) at US Department of Homeland Security.

Below is the farewell email Beckstrom sent out on July 1:

“Today on July 1st, 2012 I pass the ICANN CEO baton to Akram Atallah, who joined us as Chief Operating Officer some two years ago.  We are extremely pleased to see Akram stepping up into this position until Fadi Chehadé joins in October.

It has been a great pleasure and honor to serve ICANN as President and CEO.

These have been three of the busiest, most intense years in a rich and varied career I have been fortunate to have.  ICANN has always been caught in the middle of a global storm of politics surrounding the root of the Internet, and these three years have been no different.  Despite the enormous and continuous pressures placed upon this small organization, as I shared in my opening speech, I think we collectively made key progress in three areas: 1) overhauling the organization, 2) opening up and providing further security to the global domain name system (DNS), and 3) further internationalizing the organization.

Together we signed and advanced the Affirmation of Commitments, introduced Internationalized Domain Names at the top level, added DNSSEC encryption to the root of the Internet, and opened up New Generic Top Level domains – receiving 1930 applications from 60 counties. We delivered on every single top strategic priority.

I thank the Board of Directors of ICANN, our outstanding staff and all of you for the unique opportunity I have had to serve this organization during these transformative three years.

I have remained very busy literally until today, my last day in this role.

I am now heading off for a vacation with my family who has done so much to support me these past three years as I was often off to far reaches of the globe on ICANN-related activities. I am deeply grateful to them for this.

For any who wish to remain in touch, you can contact me via email at rod@beckstrom.com or Twitter or, if you wish, you can follow my periodic email updates at  http://www.beckstrom.com/Subscribe.Thanks again. Warmly, Rod Beckstrom.”