The ICANN CEO serves as ICANN's primary representative and spokesperson to the media and the global Internet community. He or she works directly with the ICANN Board, staff, and liaises with other organizations in order to ensure that ICANN's activities and programs are implemented effectively and efficiently and operate in accordance with the rules, regulations, and core values of the organization. In addition, he or she is also responsible for maintaining a good, trusting relationship with the different partners and constituencies of ICANN, and for actively advocating and promoting the bottom-up, multistakeholder policy development process within ICANN. The CEO will also supervise the financial planning in developing an annual operating budget for the organization.
The current CEO is Fadi Chehade.
- Michael Roberts, October 1998-March 2001
- Stuart Lynn, March 2001-March 2003
- Paul Twomey, March 2003-June 2009
- Rod Beckstrom, July 2009-July 2012
- Akram Atallah, July-October 2012 (Interim)