VP Strategy & Partner Relations, TLD Registry Limited
Joined on July 29, 2010 – Ireland
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Pinkard Alan "Pinky" Brand is the Managing Director at [ PINKY ] • BRAND Consulting. He provides advice, strategy, and roll-out plans to top-level domain name registries, registrars, applicants, and service providers.
Pinky has been involved in the domain name industry for 17 years — since 1996 — and the mobile Internet industry since 2006. He co-founded two domain name registrar and portfolio managment companies that count the world's most recognized trademark holders as clients.
Pinky had the unique distinction of advising the founders and Board of Directors of the .mobi top level domain (dotMobi) on marketing, sales and policy during their successful sunrise, landrush, and general registration launch periods in 2006. He assisted them with conception, development, marketing, promotion and execution of various .mobi domain services to targeted channels, including raising millions of dollars for the .mobi registry via auctions of its premium domain names.
Pinky was responsible for sales, channel development and market evangelism of .mobi domain names and ancillary services via a network of 250+ registrar, hosting, directory services, and other industry resellers in over 120 countries.
On the morning of Wednesday 15th October, the The Domain Name Association (the DNA) held an important working group meeting during ICANN 51 Los Angeles. The topic was to discuss several operational issues between registries and registrars. The meeting's unofficial ongoing name is the Registry-Registrar Operations Working Group. The meeting was a continuation of an inaugural meeting that was held back in June of this year, and covered in a Industry Association: An Implementation Model circulated by the DNA from September 17, by Executive Director Kurt Pritz. more»
I detect some delight in the domain name community today resulting from Video interview with ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé. In that interview Chehadé states "We are now targeting to be able to recommend for delegation the first new gTLD as early as the 23rd of April..." On the surface this sounds like very good news. more»
I could have ignored yesterday's ICANN New gTLD Applicant Update Webinar and just read summaries from the usual respected news and industry sources. However, with three hours slotted and likely questions regarding ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé's somewhat eyebrow-raising comments at the regional ICANN Registry-Registrar meeting in Amsterdam last week -- led me wanting to hear it all myself. more»