Domainz has appointed a new CEO and he will start in the job on Thursday, following the Domainz AGM.
Derek Lock was the New Zealand managing principal at content management company Vignette, and takes over at Domainz from interim CEO Donna Hiser. Hiser was appointed after former CEO Patrick O'Brien resigned in May last year.
Hiser has overseen the move towards a shared registry system (SRS) - currently Domainz has a monopoly on the registry which stores all the information on the .nz name space. InternetNZ, formerly the Internet Society (ISOCNZ), is the owner of Domainz and has signalled it wants the company to move to the SRS model (see Domainz system to be scrapped). One of Lock's challenges will be the introduction of a new IT system that allows this to happen.
Domainz has appointed an implementation manager, Rose Percival, to work with ISPs and InternetNZ as well as other interested parties in the building of the new registry model and Lock will have his work cut out for him in building on the often stormy relationship between Domainz and its customers.
In the past that relationship has seen New Zealand's first online defamation case brought, InternetNZ infighting over Domainz and its future, as well as disagreement over how much the CEO gets paid and whether he is even an employee of Domainz or simply a contractor.