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05|01|2014 10:30 am EDT

Sedo Names Solomon Amoako Chief Sales Officer for the Boston office [Press Release]

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Domain Industry Veteran Brings Years of Experience to Further Strengthen and Lead Sedo’s North American Sales Team

BOSTON, Mass. – May 1, 2014 – Sedo, today announced the appointment of Solomon Amoako as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) in the company’s Boston office. In his new role, Mr. Amoako will manage all sales activities out of the company’s North American headquarters, working hand in hand with Dima Beitzke, CSO at its European headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

Mr. Amoako joins Sedo with extensive domain industry and sales experience, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Development for Rightside Group, which was spun out from the digital media and domain services company, Demand Media. In this role, Mr. Amoako helped grow and maintain the company’s global registrar channel and was part of a team that managed the company’s applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) such as .dance, .social and .ninja.

Prior to his time with Rightside, Mr. Amoako was the Director of Global Sales and Account Management at the global Internet services company, Tucows, overseeing a channel of more than 11,000 resellers, along with technical support and professional services departments.

“Solomon is a highly-respected leader within the domain industry and I’m delighted to have him join our organization,” said Tobias Flaitz, CEO of Sedo. “The domain industry is facing its biggest expansion since its inception and with the world of new opportunities being presented comes added challenges. Through this evolution, Solomon’s knowledge and expertise will add tremendous value to Sedo customers looking to sell domains along with those looking to purchase the perfect name for their business.”

Prior to his work in the domain industry, Mr. Amoako held a number of senior sales and relationship management roles at large organizations such as ADP, CGI and Unisen.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join such an experienced and dynamic leadership team,” added Mr. Amoako. “Sedo is a domain industry trailblazer in the aftermarket and has continued to innovate and lead the market for more than a decade.  I’m eager to be part of such an amazing organization to help see it through this historic time in the domain industry and maintain its leadership position for the next decade.”

About Sedo

Sedo is the leading domain marketplace and monetization provider worldwide. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany and with offices in London, England and Boston, USA, Sedo has assembled the world’s largest database of domain names for sale with more than 18 million listings. The success of Sedo’s model has attracted a client base of more than 2 million domain professionals in 180 countries worldwide. The company’s support team speaks 23 languages natively while its award-winning interactive marketplace seamlessly services client needs in six different languages. Sedo also has a full suite of services available for new gTLD applicants, including premium auctions in all application phases, marketing support, pricing, consulting and brokerage services to reach domain buyers globally. With more than 13 years of experience, Sedo is trusted by organizations and individuals around the globe as a neutral partner for buying, selling and parking domains.

[via Press Release]

Disclaimer: DNN’s managing editor Frank Michlick works as a consultant for Sedo through his company DomainCocoon.

11|25|2013 11:00 am EDT

Andee Hill forms backed by Gregg McNair

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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EscrowHill-logoAndee Hill, who recently left where she was Director of Business Development, has created a new licensed escrow company, Escrow Hill Limited with he backing of entrepreneur Gregg McNair.


Gregg-McNair-EscrowHill“When Andee told me she was thinking about forming her own escrow business I was immediately enthusiastic. I have a reputation of connecting some of the best people in our industry and Andee is at the top both professionally and as an amazing human being,” McNair said.’s team includes Ryan Bogue as General Manager and Donald Hendrickson as Operations Manager. Both have worked in the business of online escrow under Hill’s direction for over fifteen years combined. Together with Hill’s experience the new team offers over thirty years of online escrow experience!

Andee-Hill-EscrowHill“During my fifteen years in this business, I have handled just about every aspect of online escrow. Regardless of my title, I have always known that understanding the client’s needs and providing excellent and secure service is invaluable. I have been fortunate to work with the industry innovator from day one. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have been even more fortunate to have created great relationships and trust with industry leaders. At I know I can do an even better job,” Hill said.

“Gregg has earned a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and for successfully making businesses work. He also has incredible enthusiasm and a heart for helping others. All are key factors in me wanting Gregg to support my endeavor at,” Hill continued.

McNair has assumed the non-operational role of Chairman, supporting Hill and her team with whatever it takes to build the best escrow business on the planet.

Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of domain registrar, another one of Gregg McNairs investments,  has been appointed CTO of Rinaudo, who has been a leader in the international hosting and registrar space since 1995, said, “ is formed and supported by the very best people in the industry. Our team has built the most sophisticated on-line internet escrow platform, fully automated and with more advanced security features than any other.

See the full press release after the jump.


09|11|2013 09:54 am EDT

Demand Media Names Wayne MacLaurin Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD [Press Release]

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Wayne MacLaurinDemand Media Welcomes Wayne MacLaurin as Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD

World-Class Registry Strengthens Technology Resources to Focus on New gTLDs

Kirkland, Washington – September 11, 2013Demand Media (NYSE: DMD), a leading media and domain services company, today is pleased to announce its recent hire of Wayne MacLaurin, who joins the company as Senior Vice President of Technology for United TLD, a Demand Media subsidiary. United TLD is investing in infrastructure to become a world-class registry and leader in new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) services. MacLaurin is responsible for managing the technology roadmap and day-to-day operation of the registry systems, as the company prepares for the advent of new gTLDs expected later this year.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne to the Demand Media team in his new role,” said Taryn Naidu, executive vice president of Demand Media’s Domain Services business. “As a former colleague, I know Wayne possesses a rare combination of leadership, technical prowess and business acumen. He gets things done, without cutting corners, and has built an excellent reputation in our industry through his technical contributions in the ICANN community and beyond. ”

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, MacLaurin has navigated a variety of senior management roles within the technology industry throughout the course of his notable career. Most recently, MacLaurin served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Sedari, a registry consulting and outsourcing service. He was the CTO of the Momentous Group of Companies, a Canadian domain name marketing services group, and was actively involved with both, a large ICANN accredited registrar, as well as, a leading provider of premium domain services. He also founded one of Canada’s leading ISPs, and was responsible for introducing world-class services to large customer bases and comprehensive policies for Internet access.

From 2010 to 2012, MacLaurin was the Executive Director of the Domain Name System Operations Analysis and Research Center (DNS-OARC), a non-profit composed of 70 member companies that come together to focus on improving the security, stability and understanding of the DNS infrastructure.

With the domain industry poised to introduce a rush of new characters to the right of the dot, United TLD strives to bring these new gTLDs to market in a simple and profitable way for all parties.  By building a portfolio of new gTLDs on a proven platform with exceptional services and support, the company seeks to transform the way the world connects and organizes on the web.

About Demand Media

Demand Media, Inc. (DMD) is a leading digital media and domain services company that informs and entertains one of the internet’s largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers, individuals and businesses to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit

04|18|2013 04:06 pm EDT

Bill Sweetman to Leave Tucows, Starting Domain Name Consulting Firm

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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As announced on his personal Blog, Bill Sweetman is leaving his job Vice President, Domain Portfolio at Tucows as well as General Manager of YummyNames, on April 26, 2013. He joined Tucows in 2007 and is now planning to launch a “boutique domain name consulting firm later this quarter”.

Bill writes about his change: Over the last few years I’ve discovered that what I really love doing, more than anything else, is helping people and companies with their domain name challenges. More specifically, I love domain name consulting, especially working with startups, entrepreneurs, and marketers to find and buy their ideal domain name. So, after much reflection and soul-searching, I’ve decided to leave Tucows to do domain consulting and domain buyer broker work full-time under my own new brand.

12|19|2012 06:35 pm EDT

Jasmine Begg joins .CO Internet as Director of Sales and Marketing, EMEA

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Jasmine Begg with a Rhinoceros - picture from CO Internet

As announced in a blog post by Crystal Peterson, Jasmine Begg is the new Director of Sales and Marketing, EMEA at .CO Internet. Most of the people in the domain industry know her from her time at German registar InternetX, where she served as Team Leader of International Business and attended many conferences.

Crystal Peterson writes:

I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to work with Jasmine to help position .CO as a leading online brand and the domain name of choice for startups, small businesses and new and established brands in the European market. It’s fantastic that Jasmine speaks more than four languages including German, Bengali, Spanish and English – because it will undoubtedly help in spreading the .CO message worldwide!


12|12|2012 01:47 pm EDT

Van Gelder to leave NBT, to offer consulting services

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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Stephane Van GelderAs reported by DomainIncite, Stephane Van Gelder is leaving Group NBT at the end of this year. Van Gelder had co-founded the registrar Indom, which was purchase by Group NBT two years ago for about $22 MM. He also served as chair of ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization Council (GNSO) until October 2012.

With his new company, Stephane Van Gelder Consulting Limited (registered in November of this year), he plans to provide consulting services to domain portfolio owners, registrars and registries.

12|12|2012 12:37 pm EDT

Eleanor Bradley appointed as COO of Nominet

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People, Up to the Minute


Eleanor Bradley, NominetEleanor Bradley, former Director of Operations for Nominet has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Office (COO) for the UK registry. She also joined the Nominet board.

[via Nominet News]

12|11|2012 10:58 am EDT

Go Daddy appoints Blake Irving as CEO

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Blake Irving, CEO of Go Daddy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 11, 2012) — Go Daddy, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and new SSL Certificates, today announced Blake Irving, formerly a long time Microsoft executive and Chief Product Officer of Yahoo! Incorporated (“Yahoo”), will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective January 7, 2013.  Irving will succeed Scott Wagner, a Member of KKR who has been serving as interim CEO since July.

Go Daddy, the industry leader of Web hosting solutions for small and medium businesses, is poised for a promising future,” said Go Daddy Executive Chairman and Founder Bob Parsons. “Blake Irving’s deep technology experience and his history of developing new cutting-edge products and leading large global teams make him an enormously compelling choice to drive Go Daddy to the next level of its domestic and global growth.  Go Daddy has made great strides with Scott Wagner as CEO, and we look forward to building on that in the future.

Go Daddy has recently been expanding its market-leading products to support its nearly 11 million customers, mostly small business customers both domestically and internationally.  This summer, Go Daddy acquired, a cloud-based financial management application and the company also formed a partnership with DudaMobile to launch mobile Website Builder, a service that automates the integration of Web and mobile sites to save businesses time and expand their customer reach.

I’m honored for the opportunity to lead such a talented team and to be a part of such an innovative company,” Blake Irving said. “Go Daddy is and will continue to be the hub where businesses can come to life, grow and prosper. We strive to be the global resource that fuels success for countless entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. As a long time Go Daddy customer, I have seen firsthand an organization that is committed to its customers 24 hours a day and seven days a week and yet there still remains much more we can do to enhance the customer experience. This is a fantastic opportunity, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running in January.

Go Daddy is fortunate to have Blake Irving join the team for the next chapter in his long time career as an innovator,” said Scott Wagner, Go Daddy’s Interim CEO. “I‘m thrilled for Blake and I am thrilled for Go Daddy. We have good momentum on product and our international growth and having someone with Blake’s talent and character lead the company will only accelerate it.”

About Blake Irving

Blake Irving has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Go Daddy, effective January 7, 2013, and will also join the Go Daddy Board of Directors.

Irving most recently served as Chief Product Officer at Yahoo! Incorporated, where he developed and rolled out the unified product vision and strategy — growing the company to nearly one billion active PC and mobile users.  Prior to Yahoo, he spent 15 years at Microsoft, serving in various senior roles, most recently as Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform.  While at Microsoft, Irving was responsible for creating and leading a global development and operations organization of more than 4,000 employees in the creation and operation of Microsoft’s global online services, launching several new products, including MSN Messenger and growing Hotmail from 7 million to 290 million users.

Mr. Irving currently serves on the Board of GolfLogix, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based mobile Web company.  He has also served as a professor at Pepperdine University.  He is a graduate of San Diego State and received an MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

[via Press Release]

12|11|2012 10:49 am EDT

Melissa Dafni joins

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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Melissa Dafni of

As announced last week, Melissa Dafni joined Melissa is a veteran in the domain industry. She has extensive experience around all three of the major components offered by the Above Investor Platform – domain monetization management, domain name registration and the domain auction marketplace.

Prior to joining, Melissa served as Domain Manager at Media Breakaway and Domain Sales Manager at, where she managed large domain portfolio investments including buying, selling and monetizing domains.

As you might be able to tell by the picture she was so kinda to provide us, she’s not your everyday account manager. I had the pleasure to briefly meet her most recently during a visit at for one of my clients. DNN wishes her the best for her new position at


11|15|2012 12:09 pm EDT

gTLD specialist Kurt Pritz resigns as ICANN’s CSO over conflict of Interest

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy, People

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As per an announcement from ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, Kurt Pritz, former Chief Strategy Officer at ICANN and gTLD specialist has resigned from ICANN. Until Pritz became Chief Strategy officer in October he was Vice President for Stakeholder Relations. During the new gTLD program he was the key person presenting many of the facts of the program to various stakeholders.

To the ICANN Community,

Regretfully, I have accepted the resignation of Kurt Pritz, who has served most recently as ICANN’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Kurt has submitted his resignation because of a recently identified conflict of interest, which he immediately communicated to ICANN. After analyzing this conflict of interest, we decided that a change in Kurt’s role within ICANN would be appropriate. Kurt decided to resign his position and role as an officer of ICANN, to best serve the interests of the organization. Kurt will be engaged as a subject matter expert where needed, but will have no access to new gTLD applicant information nor will he play a role in the new gTLD program.

I have already put in place a plan for the reassignment of all of Kurt’s management responsibilities.

I would like to thank Kurt for his many years of service and commitment to ICANN and our community.


Further details about the nature of the conflict of interest have not been released.

[via DomainIncite]