Chief Executive of .nz Registry Services
Joined on March 15, 2004 – New Zealand
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I am the Chief Executive of the .nz registry based in Wellington. .nz is owned by InternetNZ, which has two subsidiaries that manage .nz. I run one of those, .NZ Registry Service, and the other is the Domain Name Commission, who regulate .nz.
Previous to this role I was the Director of IT at Nominet, the .uk registry for six years, which was my first role in the Domain Name industry. At Nominet I was responsible for developing a world class DNS infrastructure, an internationally recognised research team and a complete transformation of business systems from paper-based processes to a leading edge online service for registrars and registrants. Before leaving I led the first diversification of the company into ENUM, winning the bid, establishing the business plan and leading the implementation.
Previous to that I worked as the Head of IT for a local authority in the UK where I built one of the first city-wide ISP services for all schools to access.
I have a strong personal interest in the whole of the Internet, from its use as an educational tool for children; as a means of communication that transcends geography and politics; as an enabler of commerce that lowers the barriers to entry and rewards innovation; and as a enabler of invention that benefits the whole planet.
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