Paul Twomey will replace Stuart Lynn as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Twomey, an Australian, has been appointed by the ICANN board of directors and will take over on March 27. He will be the first non-U.S. citizen to head the global Internet oversight body, established in 1998, and faces the challenge of guiding ICANN through a major reorganisation.
The California-based ICANN oversees global Internet domain name administration, IP address allocation and root name server operation. The organisation had been looking for a new leader since Lynn announced in May 2002 he would retire at the end of his contract in March 2003.
ICANN is in the midst of a large restructuring into what Lynn has called ICANN 2.0. The renewed organisation should be able to do the work it was created to do; oversee the Internet's name space, ending years of discussion about the efficiency, or lack thereof, of ICANN, the organisation's leaders have said.
Twomey has been involved with ICANN since its founding and for three years until November 2002 chaired the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee, a forum of representatives from global governments that advises the ICANN board of directors on public policy issues.
Twomey currently heads Sydney-based Internet consulting and investment company Argo P@cific, which he founded. Prior to that he held various consulting roles in the IT area for international companies and for the Australian government.