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ICANN Settles on New Skipper

After more than a year-long search process that spanned 300 potential suitors, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Tuesday elected Dr. M. Stuart Lynn to succeed Michael Roberts as president and chief executive officer.

Lynn will take over when the board of directors' March meeting culminates. As for qualifications, Lynn has about 40 years of computing and information technology experience.

Holding a Ph.D in Mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles, Lynn's most recent position was as associate vice president for Information Resources and Communications for the University of California Office of the President where he served as chief information officer for the combined University of California system. Lynn also served as president and board chairman of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

"Dr. Lynn will bring the energy, experience and skills needed to forge consensus from the diversity of Internet constituencies that have interest in ICANN and its work," said Vint Cerf, chairman of the ICANN board.