ICANN to shift around top-level execs

Some top-level job changes are in store for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers come July 1.

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ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is shifting around some key executives, the organization said in a blog posted Thursday.

Starting July 1, Akram Atallah, currently chief operating officer, will transition to a new role as president of the Generic Domains Division. Focusing on generic domain operations, the new division is considered necessary as ICANN's new gTLD (generic top-level domain) program will take on much greater responsibility moving forward, according to ICANN president and CEO Fadi Chehade.

ICANN's new gTLD program will expand the types of Internet extensions that are available -- such as .com, .org, or .net -- from roughly two dozen to potentially hundreds.

Susanna Bennett, currently the chief financial officer and vice president of human resources for Jazz Technologies, will take over the position of COO at ICANN.

"Susanna has extensive knowledge of international operational infrastructure, governance and integration in culturally-diverse organizations," Chehade said in a statement. "She will help improve ICANN's agility, accountability and visibility, which I discussed during ICANN's recent meeting in Beijing. She will help us mature and tweak our bottom-up, consensus-driven, multistakeholder model."

ICANN will also create a new position as head of Technical and Security Operations, in which the person will report directly to Chehade. Jamie Hedlund, currently vice president of stakeholder engagement for North America, will become a special adviser to Chehade.

Christopher Mondini, currently vice president of business engagement, will become the vice president of stakeholder engagement for North America. And Nora Abusitta will become vice president of public responsibility programs.