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01/19/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/19/2023 12:34

Kicking Off a New Year at ICANN Org

The new year has begun, and we're back to work on implementing key consensus-driven policies and fulfilling ICANN's mission. I am excited to take the lead on continuing these important efforts as planned.

This week, the ICANN organization (org) Executive team met at our Los Angeles headquarters to align and refine our plans for the year ahead. I am grateful to work alongside such talented colleagues, many of whom I have known since I joined ICANN more than a decade ago.

We will participate in the Board Workshop taking place 19-22 January to support the Board in its work this year. Last month, we delivered an Operational Design Assessment of the recommendations of the New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process. As soon as the Board reaches a decision on how to proceed with the next round of new gTLD applications, ICANN will quickly go to work implementing the plan.

Likewise, ICANN org is ready to assist the Board as it considers a proposed system to streamline the handling of requests for access to nonpublic gTLD registration data, which is based on the WHOIS Disclosure System Design Paper.

Another priority for ICANN org this year is establishing the ICANN Grant Program. After delivering the preliminary design and implementation plan late last year, we are well on the way to launching the program in 2023.

These are just a few of the many projects and programs we are working on. ICANN org is moving forward with all planned activities according to schedule, and we will update the community on our progress as usual.

Finally, I am thrilled to report that ICANN org has fully reopened all our offices for the first time since March 2020. Even though we have achieved a lot in the past three years as we worked remotely throughout the pandemic, I am confident that with the ability to meet and collaborate in person again, we will accomplish even more in 2023.


Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to President and SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement & Interim President and CEO
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Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to President and SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement & Interim President and CEO

Sr. Advisor to President and SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement & Interim President and CEO

Sally is an experienced global leader. She has served as Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President, Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) since 2012, and is also currently serving as ICANN's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. In her role, she is responsible for ICANN's international offices and internationalization strategy. Her direct reports include the regional office managing directors and regional vice presidents, as well as the vice presidents of Meetings and Public Responsibility Support (PRS). Most recently, Sally led the development phase of the ICANN Grant Program, the Emergency Support Infrastructure Project and ICANN organization's contributions to the Anti-Harassment Board Working Group. Under the GSE function, she leads the GSE, Meetings, and Public Responsibility Support teams.

Prior to joining ICANN, Sally led one of Europe's largest public relations firms, Hill & Knowlton, as EMEA CEO. In this role, she was responsible for more than 1,000 staff members in 33 offices. Throughout her career, Sally has worked with diverse international companies and senior leaders to maximize their resources and build strong relationships with their stakeholders. She is an experienced Board Director, including roles as Board Chair.