The InternetNZ Group, which comprises InternetNZ, NZRS — the registry for .nz domain names and the operator of the .nz domain space — and the Domain Name Commission, has announced the completion of a “robust appraisal” of its organisational structure, and has elevated InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter to head up the entire group.
InternetNZ said Carter had been chosen after recruitment consultancy JacksonStone & Partners had been engaged “to conduct a thorough external and internal selection process.”
The organisational changes, announced in October, will see NZRS and InternetNZ coming together in 2018, and changes to the role of Domain Name Commission.
InternetNZ president, Jamie Baddeley said Carter had been chosen for the new role “due to his ability to distil complex ideas so that anyone can understand what is important and what should be done.”
He said Carter had outlined a plan that “will see InternetNZ even more in touch with the needs of the local internet community and making sure what we do aligns with that."
The re-organisation will bring NZRS’s functions, people and assets into InternetNZ but keep the Domain Name Commission as a separate company, with a focus on the regulatory and enforcement aspects of .nz policy and contracts. It will be governed by a smaller board, chaired by the new group CEO.
Specifically decisions announced in the organisational review were
- •The InternetNZ group will be structured around two legal entities – Internet New Zealand Inc, and Domain Name Commission Ltd. NZRS will be disestablished and all NZRS staff, assets and functions will move to InternetNZ.
- •The scope of the Domain Name Commission will be reduced, with responsibility for .nz policy development being assigned to InternetNZ. DNCL will be responsible for regulation and dispute resolution and will provide significant input to changes to .nz policy.
- •The Domain Name Commission’s board will be reduced from five to three Directors with the new InternetNZ chief executive being the chair. The other two directors will be independent appointees.
- •The senior staff member in the Domain Name Commission will retain the title of Domain Name Commissioner, but will not be a CEO.
- •A new .nz policy committee of Council consisting of 3-5 members will be formed to be responsible for .nz matters including recommendations on .nz policy, .nz fee levels and all commercial terms for .nz, with terms of reference to be developed in the next few months.
- •The councillor conflicts of interest policy will be amended to include specific reference to all commercial aspects of .nz.
- •Proposals will be put before members to reduce the size of the Council from twelve to nine elected councillors, and to allow the appointment of up to 2 additional councillors. A general meeting to deliberate on these council changes will be held before 31st March 2018.
- •A new chief executive will be hired to lead the new InternetNZ, with an open recruitment process conducted over the next few weeks.
- •The roles of the three existing chief executives of DNCL, NZRS and InternetNZ will become redundant, with final days of work to be determined once the new chief executive is appointed.