Michael Salazar Resigns As ICANN New gTLD Program Director

ICANN logoICANN’s New Generic Top-level Program Director Michael Salazar has resigned, the organisation announced Thursday, within hours of the announcement of its new CEO.

Kurt Pritz has been appointed to take on direct oversight of the entire New gTLD Program in an interim capacity assuming Salazar’s responsibilities in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President for Stakeholder Relations.

Pritz will remain in this interim role, building on the significant work done to date, until a new Program Director is appointed. He is authorised to bring the full resources available to ICANN to bear on the application evaluation process to improve customer support, applicant communications, security and reporting.

In this new role, Kurt will report to Akram Atallah, in addition to his current responsibilities reporting to the CEO.