- Posted December 20, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Kathy Brown the new CEO of Internet Society
The press release explains, “The Internet is facing many new challenges ranging from the NSA pervasive surveillance, how the governance of the Internet should be structured, and if the current open Internet model is sustainable. The Board looked for a person who can lead the Internet Society to meet these challenges and decided that Kathy Brown is the person to do that. She is a proven leader with in-depth knowledge of global Internet governance policy; well acquainted with the community, commercial, technical, government, and non-government organizations that are stakeholders in the debate around the future of the Internet; and a strong manager. She has all of the qualities we were looking for in the next CEO of the Internet Society.”
Kathy joins the Internet Society from global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group, where she was a senior advisor. For more than a decade prior, Kathy was Senior Vice President for Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility at Verizon. In that role, she helped Verizon identify and navigate emerging digital issues and led its global corporate responsibility initiatives, overseeing an investment of more than $60 million a year in programs and grants that helped support Internet development. In 2010 she partnered with ISOC to launch a highly successful forum on the Internet and higher education in East Africa. In addition, she served on Verizon’s corporate councils for the development of the company’s online privacy and content policies and promoted Verizon’s Human Rights Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct.
In her policy role at Verizon, she led the company’s international public policy engagement through a period of dynamic change. She represented the company in the successful adoption by the OECD of principles for Internet policy making and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications treaty negotiations. Kathy joined Verizon from Washington D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where she was a partner specializing in legal and regulatory communications policy.
Earlier in her career, Kathy served in U.S. President Clinton’s Administration where she was deeply involved in policy development that was instrumental to the deployment and adoption of the global Internet. She served as Head of the Office of Policy and Development at the National Telecommunications Information Administration and then as Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commission Chairman William E. Kennard. At the FCC, she managed the staff supporting Chairman Kennard’s historic decision to keep the Internet unregulated, to fund the E-rate, and to increase radio spectrum availability to fuel wireless technology innovation. Before moving to Washington D.C., Kathy held senior roles for 15 years in government service in New York.
Kathy will start on January 1 and be based in the Internet Society’s Reston office. In February 2013, Internet Society CEO Lynn St. Amour announced her decision to step down at the end of her contract.
Details about her can be obtained from http://www.internetsociety.org/meet-new-ceo