While advertisers and other stakeholders complain about the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' recent decisions to allow the .xxx domain, as well as to double the number of more generic top-level domains, ICANN's CEO has announced he will step down when his contract expires next July.
The Register quotes Rod Beckstrom as saying, simply:
I have decided to wrap up my service at ICANN July 2012.
But writer Kevin Murphy notes it's likely that "decision" came at the hands of an unhappy board of directors. Very few are surprised that Beckstrom's contract won't be renewed. Though he did orchestrate the negotiations that led the organization into a "lighter touch" relationship with U.S. regulators, he also made several missteps.
The most glaring was perhaps his decision to install a self-help guru as the organization's vice president. The slew of recent firings did not sit well with critics, either. But of even more concern? The contract between ICANN and the U.S. government is slated for renewal next spring.