Already shaken by accusations of ineffectiveness and calls for sweeping reform, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) got a further rattling on Monday when two of the group's top executives announced retirement plans.
Three months after proposing a complete overhaul of the nonprofit group charged with overseeing technical matters related to the Internet's addressing system, ICANN president and CEO Stuart Lynn said that he will be leaving the agency in March 2003, in order to focus on his personal life and health. Lynn took over his post at ICANN in March 2001, under a two-year contract.
Additionally, ICANN vice president and chief policy officer Andrew McLaughlin said that he will be leaving on July 1 to return to Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. McLaughlin will continue to work part-time at ICANN, however, to facilitate a smooth transition, the group said.
McLaughlin began working with ICANN in 1999 as a senior advisor and staff member until he eventually took the post of vice president.
In a statement, ICANN board member Vint Cerf said that the board was disappointed with the news, but understands the motives behind the departures. Cerf added that the board will organise a search committee to seek Lynn's replacement.