Head of Business Development, New gTLDs, Sedo
Joined on October 5, 2011 – United States
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After ten years in online advertising and publishing, Kathy Nielsen joined Sedo in 2008 as director of brokerage for North America and is now head of business development, new gTLDs. Previously at eToys.com, she served as director of sales and business development for their group of content websites. Currently, she works closely with domain registry and registrar clients on special auctions and sales projects and develops relationships with current and new strategic partners and domain solutions providers. She is a frequent speaker at advertising and search conferences and continually strives to educate end users and on the value of domain names. Kathy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in European Studies. She lived and studied Music and French in Toulouse, France while earning a certificate from the Alliance Française for French language and cultural studies.
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