ICANN Chief Announces Departure Via Twitter

Photo of Rod Beckstrom

Image via Wikipedia

ICANN’s CEO and President, Rod Beckstrom, has announced that he will be stepping down in July of next year.

The announcement came via Twitter of all places, with a press release, presumably with more details, due sometime soon:

I have decided to wrap up my service at ICANN July 2012. Press release soon.

Beckstrom announces departure from ICANN via Twitter

Beckstrom announces departure from ICANN via Twitter

With the launch of the new TLD program scheduled to officially launch early in 2012 maybe Beckstrom feels that his job “is done”, or maybe there’s another motive behind his departure.

Whatever the reasons, which may or may not become apparent in the press release, ICANN will have to find a replacement.

So who is likely to fill the role?

Will it be another American? (His predecessor was Australian)

Or does the nationality of the person who fills the role really matter?

UPDATE: ICANN have issued a release on his departure

, , , , ,

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. ICANN Official Release On Beckstrom Departure | | Domain Industry & Internet NewsDomain Industry & Internet News - August 17, 2011

    […] has issued an official release regarding Rod Beckstrom’s announced […]

  2. ICANN’s Beckstrom To Leave At End of Term | Domain Dealer - August 17, 2011

    […] 1 July 2009. The announcement was first made via Twitter, a point noted by Michele Neylon on his Internet News blog. Possibly unusual, but then possibly reflecting the growing importance and popularity of social […]

  3. So What’s Happening With ICANN’s Palo Alto Office? | | Domain Industry & Internet NewsDomain Industry & Internet News - August 18, 2011

    […] on from the announcement last night that ICANN chief Rod Beckstrom would be stepping down next year there has been a lot of […]

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes