TURKEY: Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) president and CEO, Fadi Chehadé announced that the organization will open its first hub office in Istanbul, Turkey.
The announcement marks a significant moment in the evolution of ICANN as it prepares to spread its operational functions across three global headquarters -- Los Angeles (current location), Istanbul and Singapore.
“ICANN is becoming increasingly international in terms of our outlook, policies and the makeup of our staff. Now our global hub strategy will take our internationalism to an improved operational level,” said Chehadé. “These hub offices will become part of the core fabric of ICANN.”
The Istanbul hub office will be led by David Olive, ICANN’s VP for Policy Development. A number of current ICANN staff will relocate to Istanbul over the coming months and local staff also will be hired.