Sullivan brings many years of experience in the Internet industry to his new role, having worked to enhance the Internet’s value as an open, global platform throughout his career. Among his notable achievements is the launch of the .info Internet top level domain name. While at Dyn, now a Global Business Unit of the Oracle Corporation, he managed the Domain Name System (DNS) development and architecture departments. This led to his appointment to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) – which oversees the technical evolution of the Internet – where he was elected Chair from 2015-2017.
“The Board and I are extremely pleased that Andrew will be leading the Internet Society forward,” said Gonzalo Camarillo, Chair of the Internet Society Board. “Our current President & CEO, Kathy Brown, has laid the foundation for Andrew to increase the Internet Society’s relevance and impact in shaping the future of the Internet. We are confident that he will succeed in leading the organization and its community in working for a more open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.”
With nearly half the world’s population still lacking Internet access, Sullivan will use his new role to address the growing opportunities gap that is opening up between those who have access and those who don’t.
“The Internet is now central to so many people’s lives, and world events make the mission of the Internet Society more important than ever before,” said Andrew Sullivan. “It is only together that we can ensure that the Internet keeps fulfilling its promise to enrich people’s lives and I can think of no better way to deliver on that promise than as President & CEO of the Internet Society. I am honoured to have been chosen for this role, and will work every day to promote the defining values of an open, trusted Internet.”
Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts degree from McMaster University. His graduate work on the philosophy of economics led him to his interest in free and open source software and open Internet protocols and standards. He now carries that interest and passion forward to his new position at the Internet Society.
He will be based in Reston, Virginia.