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.ORG the Public Interest Registry Announced Today That Alexa Raad Has Resigned as President and CEO

The Board of Directors of .ORG the Public Interest Registry announced today that Alexa Raad, the President and Chief Executive Officer of PIR, has decided to resign from her positions with the company effective on September 24th, 2010. Her resignation concludes 3 1/2 years of service and leadership at PIR.

Under Ms. Raad's leadership, PIR's .ORG base grew by 42%, from 5.5 million to over 8.5 million registrations of .ORG domains. As a result of that growth, .ORG now also leads the industry in terms of the numbers of users that retain .ORG domains after the first and subsequent years. Moreover, during Ms. Raad's tenure, PIR pioneered efforts in internet security, such as PIR's launch of DNSSEC.ORG and initiated and led industry collaboration efforts such as the DNSSEC Coalition and Registry Infrastructure Security Group (www.RISG.org) to make the domain name space a safer and more secure place.

"I have been fortunate to work with an extraordinary team and lead PIR through a period of change to tremendous achievement. While I remain personally committed to .ORG and its core mission, the time has come for me to seek new challenges and opportunities in the private sector," said Alexa Raad.

"We are grateful to Ms. Raad for all she achieved with her team over the years, renovating and growing the company from a young start-up to leading in the industry. She was the right candidate to provide a positive and focused leadership, which served PIR well. We wish her well in her future endeavors," said Maarten Botterman, Chairman of the Board.

The Board has initiated a search committee for the next CEO. In the meanwhile, Mr. Botterman will step in as Interim CEO following Ms. Raad's departure.

About Interim CEO

Maarten Botterman is an expert in Information Society policy issues with extensive international experience, with emphasis on the impact of technology on society and governance issues, and global information security and privacy issues. He has been on the PIR Board since January 1, 2008 and is actively involved in Internet governance development. He is founder of GNKS Consult, and has an advanced degree in Business Economics.

About PIR

PIR

Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain – the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. (Learn More)

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