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Welcome to ICANN!

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Publication: 2013-10-14

What Does ICANN Do? To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer -- a name or a number. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination, we wouldn't have one global Internet. In more technical terms, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) coordinates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet's underlying address book, the Domain Name System (DNS)...

Thanks for visiting! If you're new to ICANN, we built this page for you. It contains resources that can help you quickly understand who we are and what we do. Welcome to ICANN's global community supporting the vision of "one world, one Internet." We warmly encourage your participation.

Submitter:

Name:Owen Ambur

Email:Owen.Ambur@verizon.net

Organization:

Name:Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Acronym:ICANN

Stakeholder(s):

  • ICANN Board of Directors

  • Steve CrockerChair -- Selected by: Nominating Committee; Term: November 2008 - Annual General Meeting 2014; Committees: Executive | Chair; Risk | Member; Compensation | Member

  • Bruce TonkinVice Chair -- Selected by: GNSO; Term: June 2007 - Annual General Meeting 2016; Committees: Board Governance | Chair; Compensation | Member; Executive | Member

  • Sébastien BacholletSelected by: At-Large; Term: December 2010 - Annual General Meeting 2014; Committees: Public and Stakeholder Engagement | Chair; Finance | Member; Structural Improvements | Member

  • Cherine ChalabySelected by: Nominating Committee; Term: December 2010 - 21 November 2013, Committees: Finance | Chair; New gTLD Program | Chair; Board Governance | Member; Executive | Member

  • Fadi ChehadéPresident and CEO -- Mr. Chehade is President and CEO of ICANN. Fadi Chehadé's career has been defined by building consensus and promoting collaborative technologies and practices. He has more than 25 years of experience in building and leading progressive Internet enterprises, leveraging relationships with senior executives and government officials across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Chehadé, age 50, is a citizen of Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Egyptian parents and left the then war-torn country in 1980 at the age of 18. He speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, and Italian. Most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Vocado LLC, a U.S. firm that is a provider of cloud-based software for the administration of educational institutions. Prior to Vocado, Chehadé was CEO of CoreObjects Software, Inc., a leader in new product software development services for both large and growing companies. He oversaw the expansion of the company to include more than 400 engineers and its successful acquisition by Symphony Services. Prior to his role at CoreObjects, Chehadé served as the General Manager of IBM's Global Technology Services in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Dubai, he led a team across an emerging region experiencing high growth. He also built and managed a new global business for IBM, providing managed services to large clients in telecommunications, aerospace and retail to improve the accuracy, depth and timeliness of business information visibility across demand and supply chains. Chehadé founded and has led three companies since 1987: Viacore, launched in 1999, was the world's leading B2B process integration hub offering a complete solution of specialized software and services for global 500 companies. In 2006 he led Vicaore's successful acquisition by IBM. RosettaNet, a non-profit multi-stakeholder company founded in 1997. Chehadé rallied all the leading ICT companies in the world including IBM, HP, Microsoft, SAP, Nokia and Oracle to collaborate on B2B standards. RosettaNet became the high-technology industry's leading eBusiness standards consortium. RosettaNet adopted a multi-stakeholder approach to define and standardize a complete inter-company process language, enabling the ICT sector to use the Internet for real-time process synchronization between thousands of trading partners. Nett Information Products, launched in 1987 to create and develop an Internet-based content management and sharing solution, successfully weaving hundreds of ICT suppliers and thousands of their resellers into a powerful collaborative business web of applications and content. Ingram Micro the world's largest ICT distributor acquired Nett, where Chehadé became vice president of its Customer Information Services Group. Chehadé is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a master's degree in Engineering Management. He earlier earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Polytechnic University in New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Fadi Chehadé is also the founder of Nilorado, a youth organization raising funds to support schools for handicapped children in Upper Egypt, also delivering bicycles to boys and girls from needy families in that region who otherwise cannot reach their schools. Chehadé lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 25 years. They are the parents of two adult sons.

  • Chris DisspainSelected by: ccNSO; Term: June 2011 - Annual General Meeting 2014; Committees: Finance | Member; New gTLD Program | Member; Public and Stakeholder Engagement | Member; Board Governance | Member

  • Heather DrydenGAC Liaison; Term: June 2010 - February 2015; Committees: New gTLD Program | Non-Voting Member

  • Bill GrahamSelected by: GNSO; Term: June 2011 - Annual General Meeting 2014; Committees: Global Relationships | Chair; Audit | Member; IANA | Member; New gTLD Program | Member

  • Bertrand de La ChapelleSelected by: Nominating Committee; Term: December 2010 - 21 November 2013; Committees: Board Governance | Member; Global Relationships | Member; Structural Improvements | Member

  • Olga Madruga-FortiSelected by: Nominating Committee; Term: October 2012 to Annual General Meeting 2015; Committees: Audit | Member; Global Relationships | Member; New gTLD Program | Member

  • Erika MannSelected by: Nominating Committee; Term: December 2010 - 21 November 2013; Committees: Audit | Chair; Global Relationships | Member; New gTLD Program | Member

  • Ram MohanSSAC Liaison Since 2008; Committees: Board Governance | Non-Voting Member; Risk | Non-Voting Member

  • Gonzalo NavarroSelected by: Nominating Committee; Term: October 2009 - Annual General Meeting 2015; Committees: Audit | Member; Global Relationships | Member; New gTLD Program | Member; Risk | Member

  • Raymond A. PlzakSelected by: ASO; Term: May 2009 - Annual General Meeting 2015; Committees: Structural Improvements | Chair; Board Governance | Member Compensation | Member; New gTLD Program | Member

  • George SadowskySelected by: Nominating Committee; Term: October 2009 - Annual General Meeting 2015; Committees: Compensation | Chair; Finance | Member; Global Relationships | Member; New gTLD Program | Member

  • Mike SilberSelected by: ccNSO; Term: May 2009 - Annual General Meeting 2015; Committees: Risk | Chair; Board Governance | Member; New gTLD Program | Member; IANA | Member

  • Francisco da SilvaTLG Liaison; Term: 2012 - 2013; Committees: New gTLD Program | Non-Voting Liaison; Structural Improvements | Non-Voting Member

  • Jonne SoininenIETF Liaison; Term: 2013 - 2014; Committees: IANA | Non-Voting Member; Public and Stakeholder Engagement | Non-Voting Member; Risk | Non-Voting Member; New gTLD Program | Non-Voting Member

  • Suzanne WoolfRSSAC Liaison Since 2004; Committees: IANA | Non-Voting Member; Risk | Non-Voting Member

  • Kuo-Wei WuSelected by ASO; Term: April 2010 - Annual General Meeting 2016; Committees: IANA | Chair; Global Relationships | Member; New gTLD Program | Member; Public and Stakeholder Engagement | Member