Neustar’s Nicolai Bezsonoff has been promoted to replace the outgoing Sean Kaine as the head of their Registry Solutions business as VP and General Manager. It is believed Kaine had already announced he will be leaving Neustar in coming months in an orderly transition. Bezsonoff will transition from his current role of VP and GM of Security Solutions to focus on supporting the world’s largest core registry and digital naming service.
Domain names are a growing part of the Neustar portfolio, notwithstanding the loss of the .au registry from their portfolio. On the new gTLD side of things, they provide backend registry services for 223 new gTLDs, the second largest provider, with 6.598 million domains under management, the largest of any provider, according to nTLDstats.com.
Bezsonoff has an extensive background in technology and registry operations, having previously held the position of co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the .CO domain administrator, which was acquired by Neustar in 2014. Under his tenure .CO had incredible growth and became one of the most successful domain extensions in history, with more than 2.2 million domain names registered by people in 200 countries. He has more than 20 years of experience running businesses and consulting on functions ranging from strategy, finance, product, technology and sales.
“Nicolai has shown incredible leadership and insight shaping our growing cybersecurity business to meet the needs of our customers,” said Venkat Achanta, Chief Data Officer and SVP, Internet Addressing Solutions. “Combining his expertise of the business, and knowledge from his previous role at .CO, is a natural fit to broadening our capabilities and shows our dedication to innovation and strengthening the evolution of the domain name space.”
“I’m excited to continue this journey with Neustar and take on a more active role leading passionate teams dedicated to delivering digital naming services that are second to none,” added Nicolai Bezsonoff. “Working for an industry pioneer that continues to be at the forefront of the domain name industry provides an undeniable platform to raise the bar even higher on creativity, increased engagement and deeper insight for innovative brands.”