ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) will reveal which companies, organizations, startups, geographical regions and others have applied for gTLDs and which domain names they are seeking during a London news conference on 13 June.
President and Chief Executive Officer Rod Beckstrom will be joined by Senior Vice President Kurt Pritz in answering questions from London-based journalists as well as those from around the world who can participate by phone or live video stream. A one-hour forum discussion involving panelists and the audience will follow.
The application window for new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names closed on 30 May after receiving more than 1,900 applications.
The new gTLD program is one the most substantive changes to the Domain Name System (DNS) in the Internet's history.
Rod Beckstrom is a highly successful entrepreneur, founder and CEO of a publicly-traded company, a best-selling author, avowed environmentalist, public diplomacy leader and, most recently, the head of a top-level federal government agency entrusted with protecting the nation's communication networks against cyber attack.
Throughout 2008, Rod served as the Director of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he reported to the Secretary of DHS, and was charged with cooperating directly with the Attorney General, National Security Council, Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Prior to joining DHS, he served on the DNI's Senior Advisory Group. Rod is unique in having experienced the inner workings of two, highly-charged, often competing, federal security agencies created in the wake of the September 11th attacks, an event that he says, "changed my life."
Rod is widely regarded as a pre-eminent thinker and speaker on issues of cybersecurity and related global issues, as well as on organizational strategy and leadership. He is also an expert on how carbon markets and "green" issues affect business. While Director of the NCSC, Rod developed an effective working group of leaders from the nation's top six cybersecurity centers across the civilian, military and intelligence communities. His work led to his development of a new economic theory that provides an explicit model for valuing any network, answering a decades-old problem in economics.
Rod co-authored four books including The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, a best-selling model for analyzing organizations, leadership styles, and competitive strategy. The Starfish and the Spider has been translated into 16 foreign editions and is broadly quoted.
At age 24, Rod started his first company in a garage apartment and, subsequently, grew it into a global enterprise with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Geneva, Sydney, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. CATS Software Inc., went public and later sold. Nobel Laureates Myron Scholes and William F. Sharpe served on the company's boards of directors and advisors. While at CATS Rod helped advance the financial theory of "value at risk," now used globally for all key banking risk management. Rod co-edited the first book to introduce "value at risk." Rod also co-founded Mergent Systems, a pioneer in inferential database engines, which Commerce One later acquired for $200 million. He has co-launched other collaborations, software, and internet service businesses, as well. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Chairman of Privada, Inc, a leader in technology enabling private, anonymous, and secure credit card transactions over the internet.
In 2003, Rod co-founded a global peace network of CEO's which initiated Track II diplomatic efforts between India and Pakistan. The group's symbolic actions opened the borders to people and trade, and contributed to ending the most recent Indo-Pak conflict. It's one of several non-profit groups and initiatives Rod has started. He now serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, which Fortune Magazine ranked as one of the seven most powerful boards in the world and Jamii Bora Trust an innovative micro-lending group in Africa with more than 200,000 members.
He is a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA and a BA with Honors and Distinction. He served as Chairman of the Council of Presidents of the combined Stanford student body (ASSU) and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Rod commenced as President and CEO of ICANN on 1 July 2009.
Cherine Chalaby's extensive international career encompasses leadership roles in banking and technology.
Beginning in London in 1977, Cherine joined one of the world's largest IT services companies, Accenture. As senior partner, he held key managing positions, ultimately serving on Accenture's Executive Committee and its Global Leadership Council. During his 28-year tenure at Accenture, he led several projects aimed at improving the flow of information between financial markets participants, projects that have been made possible by the expansion of the internet. His experience is broad and extensive. It ranges from strategy development through systems implementation and transformational change to running operations.
In March 2006, Cherine joined Rasmala, a Middle East-based regional investment bank, where he held several positions including chairman of the supervisory board, chairman of the management board and chairman of the bank's subsidiary in Egypt. Previous Middle East experience involved projects dating from the 1980s and included setting up a trading and back office system for a local commercial bank, developing a blueprint for an international exchange, developing and installing a local exchange system, and developing one of the first Internet-based brokerage systems in the region.
Cherine has considerable board experience, having served on seven separate boards of directors.
Cherine is a citizen of Egypt and also holds a British citizenship. He attended the French Jesuits School of Cairo, holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University and an MSc in Computing Sciences from the Imperial College of London. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Cherine was selected by the Nominating Committee to serve on the Board. His term starts following the Annual General Meeting in Cartagena Colombia on 10 December 2010 and will expire at the Annual General Meeting in 2013.
David Green is Head of Global Digital Marketing for KPMG, where he is responsible for worldwide digital marketing strategy and operations. He was previously Global eMarketing Director at Deloitte.
David has an extensive portfolio of published articles, including Newsweek, The Independent and numerous trade press titles such as Knowledge Management magazine.
David is a Chartered Information Scientist, holds a degree in Information Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Science.
Kevin Murphy is a journalist and analyst with more than 12 years of experience covering the domain name industry. He attended his first ICANN meeting — ICANN’s second ever — in Berlin in 1999.
Formerly US Bureau Chief with Datamonitor, reporting on the internet technology sector on a daily basis for Computer Business Review and ComputerWire, Murphy is now a frequent contributor to The Register.
Murphy has extensive experience conducting bespoke research and analysis projects for organizations in the fields of internet security and domain name services.
Kurt Pritz is presently Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, responsible for ensuring the robustness and growth of the multi-stakeholder, bottom-up policy development model and for ICANN's key stakeholder relationships. Kurt also leads ICANN's implementation of the new gTLD program. Prior to joining ICANN, Kurt spent nearly a decade at Walt Disney Imagineering where, as Vice President, Engineering & Production he was responsible for the technical design and delivery of theme park shows and rides worldwide.
Jason is a partner in the Intellectual Property department, having been with the firm since 1990. He has expertise in all aspects of intellectual property, with particular emphasis on trade marks, copyright/ designs and domain names.
Jason is responsible for the IP advice we provide to a number of well-known brand companies, including LVMH, PepsiCo, Burberry and Visa.
Jason handles trade mark and copyright/design disputes for clients. Another major element of his practice encompasses proactively advising clients in relation to the acquisition, maintenance and exploitation of relevant IP rights. This includes trade mark portfolio management, both UK/ CTM and international, and related clearances, oppositions and co-existence negotiations, as well as commercial dealings such as assignments and licensing.
Jason is on the Nominet panel of experts appointed to make decisions on UK domain name disputes, and regularly uses this "judicial" knowledge to advise clients in this area.
Jason is active within INTA and sat for several years on the Community Trade Marks Office committee. He is listed as a leading IP practitioner in Legal Business' Legal Experts 2011 recommended in Chambers 2012 for IP where it states: Clients appreciate that he is “readily available, constructive and sensitive to the demands of our business”.
Brad is ICANN's primary point of contact for news organizations and journalists from around the globe. He is an Emmy Award winning television correspondent and producer. His work has been seen on CNN, CBS, A&E and the Discovery Channel. Brad has also served as a senior investigator for two committees of the U.S. Senate.