We love ICANN and have enjoyed being part of this organization for years. Our VP/General Counsel Gray Chynoweth has been a fixture at events, taking his trusty HD flip camera and doing interviews with some of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers. If CNBC needs a new anchor, they got one.
That’s why we’re excited to announce that Gray has been voted Executive Committee Chair of ICANN’s Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG). Gray fills the role after Mason Cole vacated the position to represent the RrSG on ICANN’s Generic Name Supporting Organization Council. The position runs until May of 2012.
What’s this new role all about?
The group is the “main representative body of ICANN accredited domain name registrars” and “participates in the ICANN policy making process and serves as the voice of registrars within the ICANN process.” There is also a group of Representatives and a Support Staff in place. The current group is listed here.
So what is Gray going to do in his new role? He’ll play the role of .ch (or as non-ICANN regulars would say, Switzerland) and work in a neutral way with all other Registrars in the RrSG to facilitate the groups engagement with the ICANN community. As Chair, he will act as a spokesperson for the group.
With the long list of policy issues that ICANN is grappling with, not least of which being the roll out of new TLDs, we are very certain he won’t find the new role boring!
Who is Gray?
If this is the first time you’ve heard of Gray, he’s well-equipped for the role. A former Corporate Attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, Gray came to Dyn in 2007 and oversees finance, HR, policy and legal divisions. He’s a fixture in many New Hampshire non-profit organizations like CityYear NH, Families In Transition, StayWorkPlay and the Currier Museum of Art and is a founding member of the Manchester Young Professionals Network. In case his plate wasn’t full enough, he’s also a husband and father and loves to hike.
And no, this doesn’t mean he is leaving Dyn. He’ll still be a fixture at 150 Dow Street even though his request for Secret Service escorts and vacations at Camp David may not get approved.
Formed in 1988, ICANN is a non-profit group with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers and while it has no control over content or spam prevention, ICANN has an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.
Congratulations to Gray!
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