07|18|2011 10:51 am EDT
As announced yesterday Peter Dengate Thrush, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICANN has been appointed Executive Chairman of Top Level Domain Holdings, the parent company of Minds+Machines. Thrush lead the ICANN board when it approved the new gTLD program during its board meeting in June 2011. His term ended in June 2011.
Antony Van Couvering, CEO of TLDH, said:
“Peter will be an outstanding asset to TLDH. Peter and I have worked together as ICANN participants since its inception, and I am very pleased to welcome him as our Executive Chairman. Peter championed successfully the approval of the new gTLD programme at the highest levels and with Peter on board I have every confidence we will achieve the same success at TLDH. I can’t think of a better addition to our team – Peter is a superstar in our field, and we are delighted to have him at the helm.”
Mr Dengate Thrush has been actively involved in international policy development and governance of the Internet since 1995 and is a regular media commentator on Internet issues. Peter is a past Chairman of InternetNZ and past Chairman of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association. A barrister and registered patent attorney specialising in intellectual property matters, Peter is Vice Chairman of the New Zealand Electricity Rulings Panel and a member of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal.
Following these Board changes the composition of the Board of the Company is as follows:
- Peter Dengate Thrush, Executive Chairman
- Antony Van Couvering, Chief Executive Officer
- Fred Krueger, Chief Strategy Officer and Deputy Chairman
- Guy Elliott, Chief Investment Officer
- David de Jongh Weill, Chief Financial Officer
- Clark Landry, Non-executive Director
- Michael Mendelson, Non-executive Director