Göran Marby has “resigned” as the CEO of ICANN.
Chair Tripti Sinha informed staff of his departure last night, saying Marby had been working with the board “over the past few days” to ensure a “smooth transition” that will see him stay on the payroll as a consultant until May 23, 2024.
That’s the date his employment contract was due to expire anyway. There’s no word yet on whether his eye-watering salary will be reduced.
Sinha herself is a new installation, taking over after the board ousted Maarten Botterman a few months ago.
Sally Costerton, senior vice president of global stakeholder engagement, has taken over on an interim basis, while ICANN recruits a successor, but she has an added bonus of being likable and one assumes she’s a leading candidate to take over on a permanent basis.
Costeron, a British former PR professional, has been itching for the gig for over a decade, first applying after Rod Beckstrom quit in 2012 and immediately brought into the senior ranks by Fadi Chehadé, who hired both of his unsuccessful short-listers.
A CEO with a background in public relations in theory is good news for ICANN transparency. The Org has been criticized for ignoring the media and other transparency obligations under its current leadership.
Marby’s achievements in his six and a half years as CEO include being the first person to persuade the board to pay him over a million dollars a year and