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Herbert Vitzthum join ICANN Staff

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19 January 2001:

Herbert Vitzthum from Austria join ICANN Staff as ccTLD Liaison.

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 20:37:38 -0800
From: Louis Touton
Subject: [council] Three Additions to the ICANN Staff

To the Names Council:

In the next two weeks we will be adding three members to the ICANN staff:

1. On 22 January, Ellen Sondheim will join us as our second Registrar Liaison, resident in our Marina del Rey office. Ellen comes to the position with an extensive background as a legal assistant. The Registrar Liaison function involves handling ICANN's interactions concerning registrars, including (a) reviewing applications for accreditation; (b) monitoring registrars' performance under the registrar accreditation agreements; and (c) fielding public inquiries about registrars.

Ellen will be working under the supervision of Dan Halloran, who has been handling these functions as the only Registrar Liaison for the last nine months. With over 150 accredited registrars, the task has grown well beyond the capabilities of any mortal, and we are pleased to find a someone with Ellen's qualifications to supplement Dan's efforts.

2. On 1 February, Herbert Vitzthum will join us as ccTLD Liaison. This previously unfilled position is intended to focus on ccTLD relationships. Herbert is well-suited to this task; most recently he has been Managing Director of NIC.AT, the Austrian ccTLD operator. He has served on CENTR's Executive Committee and as its Treasurer. Herbert will be based in Salzburg, Austria. We believe Herbert is well-positioned to assist with the building of durable, trust-based relationships between ICANN and the ccTLD managers.

3. Also on 1 February, Monique West will join us as an administrative assistant in our Marina del Rey office. She will split her efforts between assisting with financial/administrative matters and with the Registrar Liaison function.

We are delighted to welcome Ellen, Herbert, and Monique, and expect that they will assist greatly in the ICANN staff's efforts to respond to the needs of the Internet community.

Best regards,

Louis Touton

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