[council] ICANN Elects Dr. M. Stuart Lynn as New President & CEO
To the Names Council:
ICANN is issuing the following announcement today.
ICANN Elects Dr. M. Stuart Lynn as New President & CEO
January 23, 2001 (Marina del Rey, California, USA) - The Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that
the Board of Directors has elected Dr. M. Stuart Lynn to succeed Michael
Roberts as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Lynn will take
office at the conclusion of the Board's next meeting in Melbourne,
Australia, March 10-13, 2001. Mike Roberts, ICANN's current President
and CEO, has held the position since October 1998 and has overseen the
start-up of the organization.
Dr. Lynn has had a distinguished career in computing and information
technology that dates back almost four decades. His most recent position
until his retirement in 1999 was as Associate Vice President for
Information Resources and Communications for the University of
California Office of the President where he served as chief information
officer for the combined University of California system. Dr. Lynn also
served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Corporation for
Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).
"We are incredibly fortunate to have found someone with Stuart Lynn's
extensive and varied technical and managerial background to succeed Mike
Roberts," said Vint Cerf, Chairman of the ICANN Board of Directors. "Dr.
Lynn will bring the energy, experience and skills needed to forge
consensus from the diversity of Internet constituencies that have
interest in ICANN and its work. I look forward to working with Stuart,
the Board and the ICANN staff during the coming year." Cerf also served
as the chairman of the Executive Search Committee.
The election of Dr. Lynn concludes a global executive search process
that began in November 1999 and included consideration of more than 300
members of the global Internet community. That input resulted in an
impressive slate of qualified candidates from each of ICANN's five
"I am honored to have been chosen for such a unique and challenging
position and look forward to working with all of the members of the
Internet community around the world to achieve ICANN's technical
mission," said Dr. Lynn.
Dr. Lynn has also held positions at Cornell University, UC Berkeley,
Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, IBM and Chevron. Over the
course of his career he has been active in several professional
organizations including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies. In
1994, he was elected a Fellow of the ACM. In addition, he has served on
numerous boards of directors, advisory committees and as a consultant to
academia, government and industry.
Dr. Lynn holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of
California at Los Angeles and a B.A. and M.A. in Mathematics from Oxford
University. A British citizen by birth, Dr. Lynn is now a citizen of the
United States and resides in Palm Springs, California with his family.