To the GNSO Council:
I am writing to let you know about some important changes that
I have announced today.
The announcement outlined changes that will be made to the
organizational structure over the coming months. These changes
are designed to take ICANN to its next phase of maturation as
an organization Full details of these changes were posted on
the ICANN website this afternoon.
I also announced an important staff change. Louis Touton has
decided that he will leave ICANN in late June. Louis feels that
the organization is in a stronger position than it has ever
been, and that he has achieved what he set out to achieve when
he joined more than four years ago. Louis and I have been
talking over the last few weeks about his plans and he has
decided that this is a natural point for him to make this move.
I consider this a very significant moment for ICANN. As many of
you would know, Louis was ICANN's first employee and he has
overseen and managed the growth of the organization to what we
know today. He has done an enormous amount for ICANN and for the
Internet community generally. I will be very sad to see him go.
To ensure continuity during this time of change, Louis will be
working with us to provide a smooth transition and the changes
to the organizational structure will be approached in a way that
maintains stability for staff and stakeholders.
I look forward to your continued support.