The Internet Society has come far in its 25 years, and as its CEO for just some of that time I feel immense privilege in having been part of the organization’s continued growth and evolution.
Now, more than ever, I feel that the work we all do is the most consequential any of us will do in this challenging time. I continue to be inspired by the Internet Society, its staff and its loyal community every day.
So, it was with very mixed emotions that at the recent Internet Society Board of Trustees meeting in Singapore, I informed the Board that I will not be seeking an extension of my contract as CEO when it is due for renewal at the end of 2018.
With so many accomplishments behind us and at a time when the Internet itself is in the midst of rapid change, I firmly believe that the Internet Society is primed and ready to take on a stronger, more influential role in shaping the future of the Internet for the next generation of users. Knowing this, it also feels like the right time to pass on the CEO baton to the next generation of Internet Society leadership.
This has not been an easy decision for me to make. I will greatly miss the work and the people of the Internet Society but, ultimately, I believe it is the right time for this transition and that, on a personal level, it is time to make more space in my life for home and family.
The Board was gracious and supportive of my decision. A committee within the Board is now being established to begin the search for a new CEO and the Board will provide regular updates as the process moves ahead. Anyone who shares the strategic vision and values of the Internet Society will be welcome to apply, but until such time as a new CEO is found I shall remain fully engaged and committed to the work of the organization.
Indeed, it is of paramount importance that nothing detracts from what must now be done to execute on the 2018 Action Plan that was also agreed and approved at the Board meeting in Singapore. This will be the best way to ensure that the Internet Society remains strong and focused during the transition to new leadership.
Thank you, as always, for all the work you do to #ShapeTomorrow.