Brian brings over 20 years of leadership success in Internet and communications at the national and global level. Brian has experience in government, private sector, and non-profit organizations, for which he has provided his expertise in a broad range of fields including executive leadership, strategic planning, public policy and regulation, internet services, and internet governance. He has spent 20 years working at the center of the Internet’s domain name addressing system playing an integral role in driving the Internet’s extraordinary transformation and innovation for people around the world. His solid track record of delivering measurable growth and profitability has allowed him to succeed in highly competitive, global markets. From 2011 to 2018, as CEO of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), Brian grew PIR gross revenue 47%, from $61M to $90M, and grew contribution to the Internet Society, PIR’s non-profit parent organization, by 204%.
One of Brian’s main contributions to success is his ability to develop a strategic vision and lead the strategic planning process to deliver on organizational goals. He has worked with Boards of Directors in developing long term strategic plans and developing strategic vision documents that align teams and operationalize the Board’s strategic direction. He understands the important role of internal and external communications to create alignment across internal teams and external stakeholder groups.
He has led strategic initiatives to introduce new Internet addresses on the Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) services including the introduction of IoT track and trace services. He has also led strategic initiatives to develop IoT public policy with U.S. and E.U. government representatives. Brian’s experience extends to creating success through good organizational governance in his work at Public Interest Registry and while serving as Chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT). In this role, he delivered recommendations to improve accountability and transparency for ICANN, the not-for-profit technical coordinating body for the Internet addressing system. Currently, he is facilitating work with the global ICANN Community to improve governance and the effectiveness of ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model for decision-making.
Brian’s holistic understanding of markets, strategy, internet policy and regulation has made him a thought leader when it comes to public policy and regulation. Brian contributed to the implementation of ICANN’s vertical integration policy and developing an industry Code of Conduct that allowed cross-ownership of domain name registries and registrars for the first time. This code provides consumer protection from abusive domain registration practices. Furthermore, as Vice President of Government Relations at VeriSign, he secured the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN approval of the .com registry agreement, which is the largest generic Top Level Domain on the Internet, with presumptive renewal and ability to increase prices with price caps.
Brian has a passion for enacting social change. He engaged with NGOs from every region of the world from 2014 to 2016 in workshops to listen to and understand their online needs. His engagement with the NGO community have promoted the evolution of online identity services and educational tools so for-profits, non-profits, and individual users can use the Internet more effectively. He assisted in developing Giving Tuesday campaigns for non-for-profits engaged in post natural disaster rebuilding of local communities affected by the 2017 hurricanes. He served on the Board of Directors of Interaction, the largest U.S. association of non-profits and believes the Internet and sound strategies can assist not profits in having greater and lasting social impact.