The .au (Australia) country code authority auDA announced today that they would not be renewing their contract with CEO Chris Disspain.
Disspain has been with auDA since October 2000, being their first CEO and also being involved in the re-delegation of .au to auDA.
Here’s the full announcement:
The Board of auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd) announced today that it was ending the contract of CEO, Chris Disspain. Mr Disspain’s contract was due for renewal later this year, but the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward.
The Board acknowledged and thanked Mr. Disspain, as founding CEO of auDA, for the hard work and visionary leadership he has demonstrated throughout his tenure, helping to cement the organisation’s standing as a one of the world’s best practice ccTLD managers.
auDA’s current Chief Operations and Policy Officer, Jo Lim has been appointed Acting CEO and the Board will undertake an executive search to fill the position vacated by Mr Disspain, over the next six months.
Disspain’s background is as a lawyer, though he hasn’t practised in years. He’s been heavily involved with ICANN and currently serves on the ICANN Board.