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ICANN Community Leader Stéphane Van Gelder Has Died

ICANN community leader and long-time CircleID participant Stéphane Van Gelder has died in a motorcycle accident. He was 51. Kevin Murphy reporting in Domain Incite: "According to a local report, he and his wife were hit by a car March 23, while stopped on their motorcycles at a traffic light. His wife, Julie, was also injured but survived. Stéphane was a long-time member of the industry, in 1999 co-founding the French registrar Indom, which he sold to Group NBT in 2010."

Mar 28, 2018, ICANN's tribute to Stéphane Van Gelder: "Stéphane was an active member of the ICANN community for many years, serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council; Chair of the ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom), and most recently, as the Vice-Chair for Policy in the Registries Stakeholder Group, among many other roles, both formal and informal. His impact on Internet Governance and his accomplishments extended well beyond his involvement with ICANN, ranging from recent achievements such as the launch of TLD Fastrack Limited, advising prospective new generic top-level domain registry operators, and co-founding French registrar Indom. He has served on the Board of AFNIC, the non-profit organization that manages French top-level suffixes, and the French chapter of the Internet Society."

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