Internet addressing specialist Top Level Domain Holdings (LON:TLDH) today announced that it had appointed Peter Dengate Thrush as its executive chairman.
Top Level Domain Holdings specialises in the new top-level domain sector and is the only publicly-traded company focused exclusively on acquiring and operating new generic top-level domains.
Generic top-level domains were originally known as categories and this group of domains included gov, edu, com, mil, org and net in order to cover a wide range of organisations operating in different fields.
With the growth of the Internet, it has become desirable to create additional generic top-level domains of three or more characters.
ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) plans to expand the number of top-level domains and TLDH intends to make targeted investments in this space, focusing on both infrastructure technologies and specific top-level domains.
Dengate Thrush was until recently the chairman of the board of directors of ICANN. He has been actively involved in international policy development and governance of the Internet since 1995. He is a past chairman of InternetNZ and a registered patent attorney specialising in intellectual property matters.
“Peter will be an outstanding asset to TLDH. Peter and I have worked together as ICANN participants since its inception, and I am very pleased to welcome him as our executive chairman,” said Antony Van Couvering, TLDH’s chief executive officer. “Peter championed successfully the approval of the new [generic top-level domain] programme at the highest levels and with Peter on board I have every confidence we will achieve the same success at TLDH. I can’t think of a better addition to our team – Peter is a superstar in our field, and we are delighted to have him at the helm.”