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About Internet Society 8 June 2018

CEO Succession at Internet Society – Status update (June 2018)

Gonzalo Camarillo
By Gonzalo CamarilloChair, Internet Society Board of Trustees

This is a quick update on the CEO Succession process at the Internet Society (ISOC). For background, please check my previous notes to the community.

As you know,  the application window for potential candidates for ISOC’s CEO position closed in early April. Let me update you on where we are in the process.

The process for selecting a new CEO for ISOC is progressing well and is on track. As anticipated, and as a consequence of the broad appeal of the role, the open call for applicants resulted in a significant amount of interest from all around the world. The Board received more than one hundred applications from candidates with a diverse set of backgrounds in business and the private sector, government, the technical community, the global NGO space, and the wider Internet community.

The strength and quality of the applications has been very high and it has been an incredibly tough challenge to identify and evaluate the most suitable candidates for this role from such a large and qualified pool of talent and experience.

Nevertheless, given the importance that the CEO position holds for both ISOC and the Internet as a whole, the deliberation by the Board has been in depth. Over the past two months, trustees have dedicated much time and effort to the careful consideration of each individual application on its own merits. Informed and considered selections have been made every step of the way.

The next round of interviews with shortlisted candidates is scheduled for later this month, as per our original plan. It remains the case that the actual start date for the new CEO will depend on the availability of the candidate ultimately selected. Nonetheless, we expect to be able to share more news soon as we move through this advanced part of the selection process.

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