Former ICANN GDD President Akram Atallah Named CEO at New gTLD Giant Donuts Inc.

Former ICANN GDD President Akram Atallah Named CEO at New gTLD Giant Donuts Inc.


On
Tuesday 
DomainIncite.com
reported that Akram Atallah,
the President of ICANN’s Global
Domains Division
(the # 2
position at ICANN) had left that
position to become the new CEO at
Donuts
Inc.
, the world’s
largest operator of new gTLDs
with over 240 domain extensions in
their portfolio. That report has now
been confirmed in a press
release
posted on the
Donuts corporate blog. Atallah will
assume his new duties on November
12, 2018. 

Donuts
said current CEO Bruce Jaffe
is stepping down and will continue
to act as a senior advisor to the
company during this transition. 
Erik Brooks
, managing partner at
Donuts parent Abry Partners and
a Donuts board member, said, “We
thank Bruce for his stewardship of
Donuts, during which in his tenure
as president and CEO, the company
raised over $100 million in
debt financing to acquire Rightside,
and successfully engaged in a
process to sell Donuts to Abry
Partners.”

With respect to Mr. Atallah,
Brooks said, “We are delighted
to welcome Akram to Donuts. His deep
experience in managing global

Akram
Atallah
CEO, Donuts Inc.

organizations
and rapidly-growing technology
companies will be essential to
driving Donuts’ next phase of
growth. We are confident that
Akram’s proven track record in and
outside the domain name industry
will broaden Donuts’ reputation as
the innovative industry platform for
new top-level domains and will
enable the company to pursue rapid
growth along multiple pathways.”

As
ICANN’s GDD President Atallah
oversaw the management of generic
domain operations, domain name
industry engagement and web
services. He stepped into that role
after initially serving as ICANN’s
Chief Operating Officer. Atallah
said, “I am thrilled to join the
Donuts team. I relish the challenge
of further expanding overall
awareness of the company’s
incredible top-level domain (TLD)
assets, discovering new ways to use
and leverage TLDs, and through its
growth and success making Donuts a
recognized, global innovation
platform
for people and
organizations to create and manage
their digital identities.”

(Posted
October 10, 2018) 

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