WASHINGTON, D.C. and GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 13 April 2010 – The Internet Society today announced that Erik Huizer, Amitabh Singhal, and Glenn Ricart have been appointed as members of the PIR Board of Directors. These individuals-each a leader in the global Internet community-will join the other members of the PIR Board in providing strategic vision and guidance for the .ORG top level domain and in influencing Internet policies to benefit the overall domain namespace.
Mr. Singhal was appointed to the PIR Board for his first term, while Mr. Huizer was reappointed for his second term. Each of these terms will begin at the mid-year 2010 PIR Board meeting and will run through mid-2013. Glenn Ricart was appointed to serve an additional year, effective at the end of his current term, to complete the term to be vacated 1 May by Kuo-Wei Wu, who was recently elected to the ICANN Board of Director
“I’m extremely pleased that PIR will benefit from Amitabh’s deep experience and will continue to draw from Erik’s and Glenn’s diverse expertise,” said Lynn St. Amour, president and chief executive officer of the Internet Society. “They will continue to position PIR as a leader among global top level domain registries and as a strong supporter of the noncommercial community.”
Mr. Erik Huizer is Scientific Director at the ICT division of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). He is also part-time professor of Internet applications at University of Utrecht. Huizer currently chairs the Dutch national IPv6 Task Force and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (the .nl ccTLD registry). He is a co-founder and a member of the Advisory Board of the Internet Society Netherlands Chapter. He chairs the Board of Trustees of NLnet, a foundation that financially supports organizations and people that contribute to an open information society.
Mr. Amitabh Singhal has been a long-time leader in the Internet industry in India. He helped found and was the former president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India. He also helped found and served on the board and as CEO of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). He has extensive experience in shaping communications policies as a member of various governmental and industry committees, expert groups, and panels, such as the Prime Minister’s Groups on Telecom & IT, the Cyber Regulations Advisory Committee, and the IPv6 Implementation Task Force.
Mr. Glenn Ricart is president and CEO of National LambdaRail. He previously served as managing director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Advanced Research in San Jose, California and was executive vice president and CTO for Novell. He was also the co-founder and CTO of CenterBeam, and has served as the director of the Computer Science Center at the University of Maryland College Park, as a program manager at DARPA, and as the head of intramural research computer services at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Currently, the PIR Board of Directors is comprised of:
Ms. Barbara Fraser, Cisco Systems, Inc. – Board Chair
Mr. Maarten Botterman, GNKS Consult
Mr. Erik Huizer, TNO-ICT
Mr. Glenn Ricart, National LambdaRail
Mr. Amitabh Singhal, Telxess Consulting Services and Vcon Services
Ms. Lynn St. Amour serves as liaison to the PIR Board in her capacity as president and CEO of the Internet Society.
For more information on .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, please visit www.pir.org.
About .ORG, The Public Interest Registry
Trusted across all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, .ORG is where people turn to find credible information, get involved, fund causes and support advocacy. .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, empowers the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively and, concurrently, takes a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on domain name policies and related issues. The .ORG domain is the Internet’s third largest “generic” or non-country specific top-level domain with more than 7 million domain names registered worldwide. .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, was founded by the Internet Society in 2002. It is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.
About the Internet Society
The Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. ISOC is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet’s premier technical standards body. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. For more information see: http://InternetSociety.org