This announcement was made earlier today by ICANN in conjunction with the 34th ICANN meeting being held in Mexico City.

ICANN’s President and CEO Announces Departure
2 March 2009

Mexico City, Mexico — 2 March 2009 — Founders and leaders of the Internet today praised the achievements of Dr Paul Twomey, the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN, after learning that Twomey had advised ICANN’s Board of Directors that he will not seek renewal of his contract and will move on from ICANN at the end of 2009.

Twomey announced his decision at the opening session of ICANN’s 34th International Public Meeting in Mexico City, which has drawn more than 1,200 attendees from every corner of the globe.

“Last year, I told the Board that I did not want to renew my contract as President and CEO for another 3 year term,” said Twomey. “While I am deeply and personally committed to ICANN and its success, I think this is the right time for me to move on to another leadership position in the private or international sectors.”

Twomey was named CEO and President in 2003, after serving, for 4 years, as the Chairman of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). He oversaw the phenomenal growth of an organization that has become the primary coordinator of the Internet’s global address system.

“I’m delighted to have taken part in building ICANN’s role in assuring a stable and secure Internet,” said Twomey. “The Board has asked me to stay on after it appoints a successor to have a period of handover with the new appointee. During this transition period I shall be appointed to the new position of Senior President.”