Former Innovus CEO Donna Hiser has been appointed to replace the controversial Patrick O'Brien at the helm of the national domain name registry.
According to Domainz board chair Bob Gray says one of her main tasks will be "addressing the low opinion many of Domainz customers appear to have of the company’s services and her skills in the communications area will be critical in achieving this."
Hiser, who will be contracted as chief executive for six months to lead the company through "a period of significant change" is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science and Innovation Advisory Council 2000.
She was previously CEO of IT consultancy firm Innovus and is vice-president of the Information Technology Association of New Zealand (ITANZ), having been on the association’s executive committee since 1997. She has held technical and management roles with a number of other large organisations.
Gray says the Domainz Board decided to contract its chief executive’s services rather than make a permanent appointment because of the transitional nature of the role.
"We do not think it would be prudent to engage a permanent CEO until a working group under the leadership of Victoria University professor John Hine has reported back to Domainz owner, The Internet Society of New Zealand, on the best method for handling domain name registration in this country. We are lucky that Donna was available to us on that basis."