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Thank You Lynn St. Amour

31 January 2014

Lynn St. Amour

In a recent Resolution, the Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees offered its ‘heartfelt thanks’ to outgoing CEO Lynn St. Amour for her tireless work for the organization and her service over the past 15 years. The Resolution comes as January 31, 2014 marks Ms. St. Amour’s last official day with the Internet Society.

Lynn St. Amour joined the Internet Society in 1998 as the Executive Director of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa division, was promoted to be ISOC's global Executive Director and COO in 1999 and then advanced to its President and CEO in 2001.

The Resolution recognized that Lynn's leadership and efforts over the years have established a stable financial foundation for the Internet Society by expanding organizational memberships, establishing the Public Interest Registry and growing the organization's global footprint. Ms. St. Amour also helped establish the Internet Society as the organizational and financial home of the IETF.

“Her leadership and efforts have established the Internet Society as the preeminent voice and champion for an open and evolving Internet,” noted Board Chairman Bob Hinden. “She is a valuable member of the ISOC global community, and her many contributions will continue to benefit the Internet Society for years to come.”

Read The Board Resolution


Thank you so much for your dedication to an open Internet Lynn. The world is a better place because of it!

Thanks so much for all your efforts to build the internet Society.  We have all appreciated your hard work and devotion over the years to build a more inclusive place. Thanks also for your generosity and help over the years.  Do keep in touch with the chapters and let us know where you are and what you plan on doing.

It has been a pleasure to get to know you and what  you have done for an open Internet for all. Your visits to Sweden and your personal support for what we do in our ISOC-SE chapter has really been encouraging.


I wish you all the best in what you now will continue with.


Dear Lynn I like to thanks you for all the efforts you made in those years to make Internet better!!

I like to remember when in January 1999 (15 years ago!!) you attended our INET Nigeria 1st Conference in Port Harcourt.You were wonderful in the presentation and till today we are remembering your speach. I believe that was the first official engagement since you joined ISOC.

I hope that you will still be in touch with us because we need your advices and suggestions.

Thanks again!!!


Dear Lynn,

Thank you for all your achievements. Thank you for have been so supportive of the developing world, especially Africa. May your simplicity and discretion continue inspiring the incoming CEO and the Next Generation Internet Leaders. 

To better serve the Open Internet, you have to be open yourseft; And yes you was more than Open!

Thank you for all.


Me sumo al agradecimiento a Lynn St. Amour, incentivó a los nuevos interesados a entender y participar activamente en que Internet continúe funcionando bajo los principios de apertura, diversidad, etc, facilitando la participación de gente de países en desarrollo, gracias Lynn :)

Lynn thanks for all you have done. It has been a pleasure knowing you and will never forget some of the insights you brought about for ISOC as a whole. Your involvement , dedication will be remembered. You may be going away from being the CEO but we still need you as a member and still need your input. Thanks again

Merci Lynn pour le travail abbatu pour le developpement de l'Internet et des Chaitres à travers le monde.

Je me souvien du dernier rencontre très fructueux lors de la réunion des Chapitres Africians à Durban en Afrique du Sud.

Merci et nous ne t'oublierons jamais.


Lynn - thank you for putting your faith in so many people.  You trusted them and many "human networks" dedicated to building technical networks were created through your efforts, the chapters, and the early INET training.  Your energy and dedication to the "Internet Community" lives on.  We look forward to the next chapter with you! 

Merci bien -


Merci pour tout ce que vous avez fait pour tous les chapitres, Bravo et bon courage.


Thank you so very much for your dedicated years of service to the Internet Society, and most of all to the cause of an open, sustainable and user-centric Internet. Also, thank you very much for your faith in the capabilities of broader Internet community, your commitment to the IETF, and your steady and consistent approach to building bridges and contributing to bringing the next 1 billion online. May you continue to be successful in all that you do. Wishing you happiness, prosperity and peace profound!

Hallo Lynn,

Thank you so much for your decication that has been exemplary and the leadership you have provided the community over the years. Your support to developing nations in Africa has ensured we are able to contribute to Internet Governence concerns even in our respective countries. We wish you the very best.

Hi Lynn,

Thank you for for your exemplary leadership of the Internet Society and for the many milestones the organization has attained under your leadership. In particular, you have been a great Champion in Africa and we look forwad to working with you in private capacity. Wish you the very best in your future endeavours.

Merci Lynn pour ton devouement, ton sacrifice et pour l'heritage que tu laisses pour de nombreuses generations.

Te souhaite beaucoup d’autres Succes.

Muchas gracias Lynn, por un gran trabajo y dedicación de la cual todos nos beneficaremos, durante mucho tiempo.


Many thanks Lynn, for a gteat job and your dedication which shall benefit many of us for many years to come.

Thanks Lynn for your dedication to one of the greatest and highest potential systems the world has ever known, the Internet.


Dear Lynn, first my very best wishes for your "new beginnings."  And, second, thank you for your leadership and for your grace.  You met great challenges and turned them into great opportunities and as a result we all benefited.

Many thanks Lynn

We in the Los Angeles Chapter are so grateful for your expert guidance during a critical period in ISOC's history.

You will not be forgotten. Thank you.


James Butler

Former Board Chairman

ISOC-LA Los Angeles Chapter

It is hard to find words to express all that you have done for the Internet community and the IETF in particiular. For all these years, you have been a constant force supporting the development of the Internet.  On your watch, the Internet has grown from a fledgling to a force for global economic growth, and the ISOC and IETF have grown and matured along with it.  While today this transition seems inevitable, there were many challenges along the way that you were instrumental in navigating Like a model parent of a teenager, you've been patient, nurturing and supportive, even when those you worked with have not been as grateful for your help as they should have been.  

So here's to you, Lynn -- you've been a wonderful partner and co-worker, truly a pleasure to work with.  Best wishes in all your future endeavors!

We appreciate all the support you gave to the Geneva Internet Society Chapter and the World YWCA in bringing women in developing countries into the digital world!

Thank you for your contribution to the sector!


Lynn, thank you for your expansive and all-encompasing vision of the role of the Internet and Web and for the multistakeholder organizations who made and make them both the success they have become.  And thank you for expressing that vision in your extraordinary leadership.

Thanks for making things happen for Africa during those critical years addressing the digital divide. Many have already forgoten where we came from. Thanks!

Dear Lynn,

The Internet Society of 2014 is light years away from the limited and, dare I say, somewhat anemic Internet Society of 1999 and it is thanks to your leadership, vision and persistence that this is so. You brought in talent and a regular source of support through PIR. You stood up for the freedom of the Net and never wavered from our motto: The Internet is for Everyone. You have made many friends in the Internet community and justly so. I hope this next phase of your life and career will prove to be as satisfying as have the last 15 years. 






A warm thank you on behalf the Kuwaiti/Middle Eastern Internet community for the great efforts over the past fifteen years. 

wish you all the best and good luck. 


Best Regards, 

Bashar Al-Abdulhadi 


Lynn, the Open Internet that we enjoy today exists in large part due to your vision, collaboration, and follow-through.  When I joined W3C four years ago and had an opportunity to work closely with you, I learned this as I had never understood before.

The vision is your total commitment to foundational ideals, openness, multi-stakeholder involvement, and Stewardship of the Internet

The collaboration is not only that you talk about collaboration - but that you personify collaboration in the way you work, your support for your colleagues, and your support of partner organizations such as W3C.

Follow-through is the hardest of all working with disparate organizations on a Global level.  The fact that we can count on you has been a key ingredient to your success.

Best wishes for the future.

It has been said that 'all good things must come to an end', but your leadership is one that the world will miss. Hopefully your next endevor will be even more fulfilling and successful than this one has been.

Best of luck in your future endeavours. Thanks for your years of service.

Dear Lynn st.

Am very glad to  thank you for all offers to isoc people .

And i hope successfully future 


Thank you Lynn, knowledge is wealth and you certainly made me a wealthier individual with your work. Thanks a full university library, Claude

Taipei Chapter will alwasy miss your kind support!!!


Muito obrigado por atuar em favor de uma Internet aberta e em evolução.

Hearty greetings, Lynn, in 2-decades at the helm of Internet Society, you've brought-up the abilities and roles of your child empowered to top-most stature!

Dear Lynn

Thank you for your contribution and leadership that you have shown over the years. we are proud and we all acknowledge the efforts you made and the changes you forwarded. we hope you will always be an inspiration to all chapter leader like us.


Thank you for the extraodrinay leadership you demonstrated during a critical time in the development of ISOC. You enabled ISOC to escape from the artifical limitations imposed on ISOC and IETF when both were established. Without your decisive leadership ISOC and IETF would still be stuck in a black hole in cyber flatland. You and others on the board at the time understand.

Stephen L Squires, PhD
Former ISOC Board Member
Former DARPA Office Director

Respectful thanks for all the work you put in over the years for the organization and its ideals.

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Thank you Lynn, for all the years and the marvelous contributions you made, and the care you showed along the way. Surely we will see you around again soon :) 



Thank you Lynn, your service to our organisation has been invaluable, is deeply appreciated and valued.  I wish you well and iof course look forward to working with you in other ventures in the near future...

I was ISOC Board Chairman when we took the inspired decision to
hire Lynn as President and CEO, and I have never regretted it for one instant. Thank you so much, Lynn.

Thanks to you for spreding awairness among people who are unawair of technology like "Internet".

Thanks to you for educating people . Proud and Honour to be a part of your isoc community...

Your leadership gives us sprites, to realize dreams come true, your dedication gives significant platform, and your effort brings us a right recognition. From very first period I was in touch with ISOC activities and was a member of founder ISOC Bangladesh chapter, but within this long run cannot gives much, but today I am really inspired after learn . Thank you for your services here.

For your cordiality, trust and whole-hearted support, Please, accept my deep appreciation.

Thanks very much. WE wish you a happy successful future.

Panoksesi kansainvälisen Internetin kehitykseen on mittaamattoman arvokas.

Lynn, are you retiring to Maryland after all your hard work?

best wishes for your next projects

I will miss you, Lynn, and wish you all the best for your professional (and private) future. Thanks for your work.

Dear Lynn,

It´s not easy to express what you have done for ISOC without writing a book. And I don´t have time for that. So just let me say - Thank you!

I would also like to emphasize my appreciation for your dedication to the Internet in a wider sense as well as the professional behaviour you always show. I though know that behind the professional surface a very warm and funny person hides.

Over the years, we have had many good talks that I will remember with a light mind.

Thanks for what you´ve done to ISOC and Good Luck for the future

/ Eva Frölich