Ex-Donuts co-founder joins .Org’s PIR as CEO

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the nonprofit operator of the .ORG domain, has  announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Jonathon Nevett as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 17, 2018.

Nevett co-founded Donuts Inc. in 2010 and served as Donuts’ executive vice president for corporate affairs and on its Board of Directors. Nevett is also a founding board member of the Domain Name Association, the domain name industry’s trade association. Previously, Nevett served as senior vice president at Network Solutions, where he was responsible for policy, government affairs, registry relations, and the corporate ethics office.  He also served as chair of the board of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions. 

Nevett has served on numerous task forces, working groups and panels for ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). He is a member of the ICANN Nominating Committee and served on ICANN’s IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group, the group tasked with steering the move of this function from the United States Government to the global multi-stakeholder community. In 2009, Jon was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group related to issues of child safety and the internet. 

The immediate former president of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah quit his post a few weeks ago for Donuts to assume the role of CEO.

Nevett is expected to guide the growth of the .ORG domain while advancing the organization’s advocacy efforts in support of collaboration, safety and security on the internet.  

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