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Press releases 6 August 2012

Internet Society Board of Trustees Elects New Chair

Three new Board members seated at Board Meeting, held 4-5 August in Vancouver

[Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada] – At its recent Board meeting, the Internet Society Board of Trustees elected a new Chair, Ms. Eva Frölich. The Internet Society Board is comprised of leaders from across the globe, with diverse backgrounds spanning industry, academia, and the global Internet community. The Board provides strategic direction in support of the organization’s mission to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for everyone.

During the Board meeting, Ms. Frölich was elected as the Chair. She is co-founder of Frobbit!, a registrar and hosting company, and has been actively involved in the Internet environment for more than 20 years. Ms. Frölich has served on the Internet Society Board since 2010 and served on the Public Interest Registry Board from 2004 – 2007.

“It is an honor to serve as Chair of this esteemed group of individuals who are extremely dedicated to this organization and its important mission,” said Ms. Frölich. “The Internet faces serious challenges that potentially threaten its open, global nature. We are deeply concerned about these threats and are committed to working with our community of members and Chapters around the world to protect the Internet of today for the generations to follow.”

The Board also expressed its appreciation to outgoing Chairman Raúl Echeberría, who will continue to serve on the Board. Mr. Echeberría remarked, “It has been a great privilege to Chair this Board of Trustees and to work with my colleagues in support of the Internet Society’s vital work. I am proud of what we accomplished over the past three years, and I look forward to continuing to serve and supporting Eva as the new Chair.”

The Internet Society Board of Trustees are elected or appointed by the following groups: Chapters, Organization members, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The new Board members with three-year terms beginning this year are:

  • Keith Davidson, International Director, InternetNZ
  • David Farber, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rudi Vansnick, President of Internet Society Belgium

The Board expressed its thanks to the outgoing Board members Khaled Koubaa, Philip Smith, and Jonathan Zittrain for their commitment and contributions to the Internet Society.

The continuing members of the Board of Trustees are:

  • Alain Aina, Managing Director at Technologies Reséaux & Solutions and Special Project Manager at AfriNIC (the Internet Address Registry for Africa)
  • Eric Burger, Research Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Georgetown Center for Secure Communications
  • Narelle Clark, Deputy CEO, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network; President of the Internet Society Australian Chapter
  • Raúl Echeberría, Executive Director of LACNIC (the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean)
  • Bob Hinden, Check Point Fellow at Check Point Software
  • Jason Livingood, Vice President of Internet Systems Engineering, Comcast Cable
  • Lynn St. Amour, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society; serves as ex-officio and as a non-voting Trustee
  • Theresa Swinehart, Executive Director of Global Internet Policy, Verizon Communications
  • Bert Wijnen, Research engineer at the RIPE-NCC in the Netherlands

During the meeting, the Board of Trustees re-elected Scott Bradner as Secretary. Mr. Bradner has dedicated many years of outstanding service to the Internet Society, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1993-1999 and as Secretary since 2003. The Board also elected Jason Livingood as Treasurer.

“The deep and diverse experience across our Board is a tremendous asset to the organization and is instrumental in providing us with a unique, global perspective,” said Lynn St. Amour, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society. “We are grateful to the Board for their time and dedication in support of our work to ensure the Internet continues as an open platform that serves the economic, social, and educational needs of individuals around the world.”

More information, including biographical details of all Board members and details of the Board selection process, is available at: http://www.isoc.org/isoc/general/trustees.

About the Internet Society
The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, visit www.internetsociety.org.

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