ICANN has just released the official “meeting guide” for the upcoming ICANN Meeting #44 in Prague, Czech Republic. There are over 100 meetings scheduled, and many of the domain industry’s most powerful and successful businessmen and companies will be in attendance. ICANN’s outgoing CEO Rod Beckstrom writes:
“Before us are a multitude of important issues such as the negotiations on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement and discussions on how to measure the effectiveness of the New gTLD Program. And as usual, it is a busy week filled with more than 100 meetings, sessions, and hopefully at least some time for networking and fellowship.
As many of you know, it is also my last ICANN meeting as this organization’s CEO and President. The past three years have been a remarkable journey, and our accomplishments together are many. I believe ICANN is poised for success on its own journey from a small Internet nonprofit organization to a world-class professional organization capable and ready to meet the challenges ahead.”
ICANN has yet to announce who will be taking over the new CEO position. Mr. Beckstrom wrapped up the intro in the official meeting guide by saying:
“ICANN is not a community of spectators. We are a community of doers. Everyone has a voice in our multistakeholder process. Just as everyone who uses the Internet should have a say in its governance. I encourage you to raise your hand and share your views during this week’s meetings. Your voice makes our discussions richer. Thank you for being an important part of our global multistakeholder model. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve you.”
On Monday night (June 25) ICANN will hold a farewell reception for it’s outgoing CEO, Rod Beckstrom. The event is expected to be well attended, maybe even drawing record crowds for any single event during the week long conference. The meeting guide in it’s entirety can be downloaded via PDF here on ICANN’s website.
Beckstrom was appointed in July of 2009 as President and CEO of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He announced his official resignation effective July 1, 2012, in August of last year. It will be interesting to see who is the new face of ICANN — surely there are many candidates who would love to fill the vacating position.
On a slightly different note… As it was reported by TheDomains.com just a few days ago, Mr. Beckstrom’s total compensation for the previous year was $998,230. Not bad, right? Gotta wonder why he decided to step down — just some food for thought.