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Announcing the Internet Society’s New President and Chief Executive Officer

Today is an exciting day for the Internet Society. It gives me great pleasure to announce, on behalf of the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees, that Andrew Sullivan has been selected as the Internet Society’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He will formally take up his position on September 1, 2018.

This selection now successfully concludes the CEO search process we began last November.

The CEO selection process involved extensive work on the part of the Board but gave us much food for thought. We received a wealth of extremely impressive applications from more than a hundred internal and external candidates covering a huge range of talent and experience. We had some thought-provoking conversations as part of the process and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everybody who applied for the position.

I believe Andrew’s success in being selected for this crucial role represents an enormous opportunity for the Internet Society and the global Internet.

Andrew brings a wealth of Internet industry and technology experience with him. He has served in a number of past roles, including time at Dyn, now a Global Business Unit of the Oracle Corporation, managing Domain Name System (DNS) development and architecture departments and as the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) Chair for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016. Andrew also played an instrumental role in the IANA Transition. He is currently serving as Chair of the IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC), where he has been involved with discussions around updating the relationship between the IETF and the Internet Society.

Most importantly for us as a global community of members, organizations and individuals that care deeply about the Internet, he embodies the core values of openness, transparency, inclusion and diversity that lie at the very heart of the Internet Society. He is committed to the ISOC vision of an Internet that works for all of us and believes fervently in the struggle to bring to everyone an Internet that is open, globally-connected, trusted and secure.

Not only that, but he is also committed to strengthening and growing our global community. Together, we have built this global technical infrastructure, this resource to enrich people’s lives, and this force for good in society. Because it is a challenging time for the Internet, he knows that it’s also a challenging time for the Internet Society, but he firmly believes in the power of this community to realize its shared vision for the Internet.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kathy Brown for her strong leadership over the past four and a half years. She has been pivotal in the organization’s transformation and I believe that we have never been in a stronger position, not just to face the challenges ahead of us, but to emerge as a true world leader in shaping the path and future direction of the Internet for the good of all humanity.

Kathy will continue in her current role as President and CEO until September 1. On taking up his role and assuming his new post, he and Kathy will work together during a period of transition to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities.

Please join me in congratulating Andrew as we prepare to welcome him to this critical role leading the Internet Society.

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CEO Succession at Internet Society – Status update (June 2018)

This is a quick update on the CEO Succession process at the Internet Society (ISOC). For background, please check my previous notes to the community.

As you know,  the application window for potential candidates for ISOC’s CEO position closed in early April. Let me update you on where we are in the process.

The process for selecting a new CEO for ISOC is progressing well and is on track. As anticipated, and as a consequence of the broad appeal of the role, the open call for applicants resulted in a significant amount of interest from all around the world. The Board received more than one hundred applications from candidates with a diverse set of backgrounds in business and the private sector, government, the technical community, the global NGO space, and the wider Internet community.

The strength and quality of the applications has been very high and it has been an incredibly tough challenge to identify and evaluate the most suitable candidates for this role from such a large and qualified pool of talent and experience.

Nevertheless, given the importance that the CEO position holds for both ISOC and the Internet as a whole, the deliberation by the Board has been in depth. Over the past two months, trustees have dedicated much time and effort to the careful consideration of each individual application on its own merits. Informed and considered selections have been made every step of the way.

The next round of interviews with shortlisted candidates is scheduled for later this month, as per our original plan. It remains the case that the actual start date for the new CEO will depend on the availability of the candidate ultimately selected. Nonetheless, we expect to be able to share more news soon as we move through this advanced part of the selection process.

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CEO Succession at the Internet Society – Open Call for CEO Candidates

As I discussed in my notes to the community during the last months, at our last board meeting Kathy Brown, ISOC’s (Internet Society’s) President & CEO, informed the Board of Trustees that she will not seek another extension of her contract. Consequently, the board formed a CEO Search Committee, which is a subset of the board. The CEO Search Committee selected Perrett Laver as the search firm that will support the committee and the board during the whole process. Please, read my last note for further background information.

Per our plan, we are launching the Open Call for Candidates today, Friday, 9 March 2018.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 UTC on Friday, 6 April 2018.

If you would like to download the Candidate Pack or apply for the position, please visit the Perrett Laver web site using the following link:

https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/726/ceo/

Per the web page above, if you would like to have a conversation with Perrett Laver regarding the role, please email the lead researcher on this search, Daniel Flynn:

Daniel.Flynn@perrettlaver.com

The search firm will generate a short list of candidates so that the CEO Search Committee can make a final decision and select one. You can send input to the CEO Search Committee using the following email address:

ceo-succession@elists.isoc.org

Emails sent to this email address will be treated as confidential within the Board of Trustees.

Please, feel free to distribute this call to potential candidates who may be interested. Thanks!

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CEO Succession at the Internet Society – Status update (Feb 2018)

This is a status update on where we are in the CEO search process. In my last note to the community, I explained that we were finishing the selection of a search firm to support us during the process and that we were planning to launch an open call for candidates in February.

After issuing an RFP and conducting a set of interviews with several firms, the CEO Search Committee selected a search firm. The selected firm is Perrett Laver.

Based on, among other things, all the community feedback we have received on the following email address (you can still send your input to that address), the CEO Search Committee has developed a draft job description:

ceo-succession@elists.isoc.org

In order to refine the job description and to make sure we gather all the input we need, the search firm is going to conduct informational interviews with the leadership of our communities. Accordingly, they are going to interview the chairs of the OMAC (Organization Advisory Council), the ChAC (Chapters Advisory Council), and the IETF (the chairs of the IAB and the IAOC will also be interviewed). ISOC’s executive team (staff) will also be interviewed. You can also talk with them if you prefer to provide input through them.

We believe that those interviews will be very valuable and, thus, have decided to arrange them despite the fact that, as a result, we will not be able to launch the open call for candidates in February, per our original plan. We are confident that the additional input we will get from the interviews will be worth the delay in the process.

Our current plan is to launch the open call for candidates on March 9th. The call will be open until April 6th.

As usual, we will keep the community informed about the status of the search process and, in particular, about the open call for candidates.

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CEO Succession at the Internet Society – Status update (Jan 2018)

A few weeks ago we informed the community about the fact that Kathy Brown was not going to seek another extension of her contract and, thus, a CEO search process had started at the Internet Society (ISOC). Please read my previous blog post for background.

In particular, we had asked the community to send us preliminary input, which is treated as confidential within the ISOC board, to the following email address:

ceo-succession@elists.isoc.org

We want to thank the community for all the useful input we have received so far. Please, continue sending us your thoughts around this important process for ISOC.

The status of the process at this point is the following. The board has set up a search committee, which is a subset of the board. The role of the search committee is to do a preliminary review of the candidates (in coordination with the selected search firm) and eventually present a short list to the full board, which will be responsible for the final selection.

The search committee is currently finishing the selection of a search firm to support us during the whole process. We have developed a draft job description, which will be finalized once a search firm is selected. The draft job description naturally takes into consideration all the input we have received.

The final job description will be used to create an open call for candidates, which will include instructions on how to apply for the position. We intend to launch the open call in February.

As usual, we will keep the community informed about the status of the ongoing search process.

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CEO Succession at the Internet Society

Yesterday, Kathy Brown, the Internet Society’s President & CEO, wrote that she has informed the Board of Trustees that she will not seek another extension of her contract, which will end at the end of 2018.

Before I discuss the search and selection process ahead of us, on behalf of the whole Board I want to express our gratitude to Kathy for the strong leadership and commitment she has shown in taking the Internet Society forward. Kathy has worked tirelessly in the interests of the organization, always putting her job before herself. The changes she has brought about have been both deep and wide-ranging, and she has succeeded in readying the organization for the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

While the Board would have been happy for Kathy to continue as CEO for a further term, we also understand and respect the decision that she has taken to dedicate time to her family. When the time comes, I hope you will all join me in wishing Kathy the very best in her life after ISOC.

During the process of searching for and selecting a new CEO, operational continuity in the organization will be a key priority. The Board has just approved the 2018 Action Plan, which provides clear direction for ISOC for the coming year. The organization will focus on the execution of the plan during the whole CEO succession process. Kathy will remain fully engaged and committed to that work until the conclusion of the process.

As background, we will not be starting the CEO succession process from scratch. Last year, the Board decided that ISOC needed to have a CEO Succession Plan in place at all times. Developing such a plan was one of the focus areas for the Board this year. The material we developed in that context will naturally be used in the current succession process. In addition, Kathy has always taken the development of her staff very seriously. Since Kathy has worked with her staff to improve their leadership skills and competences, the Board will consider both external and internal candidates for the CEO position.

The next step for the Board is to form a CEO Search Committee. Based on the CEO Succession Plan material mentioned earlier, the committee will develop a time plan, job description, channels to distribute the call, a process to short-list candidates, all leading to selection of an excellent new CEO who can take over as Kathy departs. In the meantime, if you have any input, please let us know by sending an email to:

ceo-succession@elists.isoc.org

Emails sent to the address above will be treated as confidential within the ISOC Board of Trustees.