Outgoing ICANN Chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush, Joining Minds + Machines as Executive Chairman
The article quotes Antony Van Couvering, CEO of publicly traded Top Level Domain Holdings, otherwise known as Minds+Machines as saying:
“Peter is a superstar in our field. We are delighted to have him at the helm”
Peter Dengate Thrush was chairman of ICANN from 2007 through the last the ICANN meeting in Singapore at which ICANN voted to approve the new gTLD program.
Its quite an impressive move in our opinion by Minds + Machines with came out with a flat fee back end structure just a week after the new gTLD program was approved by ICANN.
In our opinion, there isn’t anyone with a better reputation or more respected in the ICANN community than Mr. Thrush.
I think its also quite fair to say that Mr. Thrush was quite essential in the new gTLD program being approved by ICANN.
Certainly another bold move by Minds+Machines and our congrats go out to them and Mr. Thrush
Top Level Holdings is one of the stocks we track on our Domain Stock Parking Index and is a back end registry and consulting firm for new gTLD which seems to be concentrating in the Geo space, seeking to operate the registries for such domain name extensions as .nyc, .paris and .berlin to name a few.
For the record, here is the official press release which was put out several hours after our story published:
“”Top Level Domain Holdings Limited (“TLDH” or the “Company”)”
Peter Dengate Thrush appointed as Chairman
The Directors of Top Level Domain Holdings Limited (AIM: TLDH.L), the only publicly traded company focused exclusively on acquiring and operating new generic top-level domains (“gTLD”), are delighted to announce that Mr Peter Dengate Thrush has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Company with immediate effect. Mr Dengate Thrush was until recently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), where in June 2011 he led the ICANN Board to approve the programme to create new gTLDs.
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.”
New Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush said:
“I am delighted to be welcomed to this first-class team, which has had an extensive and productive involvement with the new gTLD programme and which has stood out as innovative, bold, and effective. New gTLDs represent a major opportunity for the Company and its investors, for TLD applicants and for the Internet community, and I welcome the chance to make a contribution.”
“The new gTLD programme is a very significant evolution in how we understand and navigate the Internet and as a result, the creation of every web site will involve a real choice of top-level domain, and every email sent will reinforce that choice. I am delighted to join a company that understands that opportunity.”
Former Chairman of TLDH Fred Krueger said:
“Peter has unparalleled experience, universal respect, a history of success, and is well known to customers and our investors. We are excited about the potential for the development of the Company under his leadership.”
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
Peter Charles Dengate Thrush (aged 55) has held the following directorships in companies or partnerships in the past five years:
Former Directorship / Partnership:
Worldwide Alliance of ccTLDs Limited
Bluejeans and Moonbeams Limited (formerly Observatory Crest Digital Limited
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers”"”