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Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA, has been elected unopposed to the ICANN board.


The CEO of .au Domain Administration (auDA) has been elected to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Chris Disspain will take up the seat in June 2011.

He was elected unopposed by ICANN's Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO). Mr Disspain has been chair of ccNSO since it was formed in 2003.

He will succeed Peter Dengate-Thrush, and will join fellow ccNSO appointee, Michael Silber (South Africa) and fellow Australian Bruce Tonkin on the board.

"I am honoured and humbled to receive this endorsement from my international colleagues" said Mr Disspain. "I look forward to the challenge and opportunity of being on the ICANN Board".

Mr Disspain's election was welcomed by those with influence in the .au namespace. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said "I'd like to congratulate Mr Disspain on his appointment to the Board of ICANN. Mr Disspain's appointment is another example of Australia's increased presence on the international telecommunications stage."

And auDA chairman Tony Staley said: "It's great for Australia that Chris Disspain has been elected to the Board of such an internationally significant organisation. He brings skills which will be of enormous assistance to ICANN".

 

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