Board of Directors and Officers

Rich Merdinger, GoDaddy (Chair)

Richard Merdinger focuses his extensive Domain Industry experience on furthering GoDaddy’s domain business, interfacing with industry leaders and developing new business opportunities to better serve small businesses.

Mr. Merdinger has been with GoDaddy since 1997 when he was hired as one of the company’s first technical employees. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

In his spare time, Mr. Merdinger enjoys hanging out at home with his wife and three daughters, with the occasional game of golf thrown in for sanity.

Judy Song-Marshall, Neustar, (Treasurer)*

Judy Song-Marshall is Director, Registry Services at Neustar. Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time cloud based information services and analytics to the Internet, telecommunications services, financial services, retail, and media and advertising sectors. Ms. Song-Marshall began her tenure at Neustar leading channel marketing efforts for the franchise TLD business. She then led the Enterprise Demand Generation and Registry Marketing teams, which encompassed all registry, security and marketing products at Neustar. She then moved on to be directly responsible for overall product marketing within the Registry Services and Localeze (Local Search) lines of business. Today, Ms. Song-Marshall is responsible for Policy, Industry Affairs and Compliance at Neustar.

Joe Alagna, Afilias

Joe is a Director of Business Development at Afilias, best known for technology that supports a wide range of top level domains on the Internet. Specifically, Afilias runs the master directories and DNS for over 25 top level domains including .info, .pro, .mobi, and .green. Afilias is also the provider of choice operating back-end registry services for some of the world’s largest generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and country-codes (ccTLDs). These include, .org, .me, .in, and many others.

Prior to joining Afilias, Joe was the V.P. of Channel Development for 101domain.com, an international domain name registrar that specializes in ccTLDs , global brand development, and the new generic Top Level Domains. Earlier in his career, Joe was a National Accounts Manager for AT&T Wireless (LA Cellular property). He was responsible for the first mobile phone website ever online. That website eventually morphed into AT&T’s expansive online wireless business. As General Manager of North American markets for the London based registry, CentralNic, from 2001 until 2013, Joe spearheaded their Personal Net Names division which eventually became the model for their primary back-end registry service for new top level domains. CentralNic recently went public on the London Stock Exchange.

Joe has spoken for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN), The Direct Marketing Association, The Domain Name Conference, NamesCon, and several Targeted Traffic Conferences. He has also taught online marketing for the SBA and several Small Business Development Centers in Southern California. He is an avid domain name enthusiast with first-hand experience in several realms of the industry including registries, registrars, domainers, and resellers.

Joe enjoys posting interesting industry news on his personal blog, http://alagna.com. A Chicago native, he now resides in Southern California with his wife, Christine. In his spare time, he likes to read, dance, and mostly, spend time with his family.

Matthew Bilsland, Google

Matthew has led various teams for Google, responsible for implementing and supporting Google’s Publisher Products (including AdExchange, AdSense and DFP). Today, he manages their domain name initiatives.
 
 He studied International Intellectual Property Law (LLM) at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded a Masters of Law with Distinction.

Oli Hope, Nominet 

 Oli Hope is Director of Registry Services at Nominet, the .UK registry and trusted partner for 34 TLDs, incorporating country-codes, generics (both open and closed), geographics and brands.

Oli has worked in the domain industry since 2008, building up a deep understanding of both the registrar’s and registry’s perspective along with the business needs of TLD clients across a wide range of sectors. He is a champion for operational excellence, and his team has overseen the largest transition of domains in the industry.

A chartered accountant, Oli has served in a number of positions in the ICANN community, and prior to working for Nominet served on its Board.

 Stacey King, Amazon

Stacey King is Senior Manager at Amazon Registry Services and is responsible for Amazon’s new gTLD program and business. Prior to Amazon, Ms. King was Senior Digital and IP Counsel at Richemont (also managing both the new gTLD applications and domain name portfolio) and served as an officer in the IPC as well as a member of the IRT.

Ms. King was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors for the Brand Registry Group and was previously a member of the International Trademark Association‘s Board of Directors from 2010-2012. She has been involved with ICANN since 2000 (working on one of the early .KIDS applications) with regular attendance since 2006, and has spoken and written extensively on the new gTLDs and domain name matters since 1999.

Roelof Meijer, SIDN

Roelof Meijer is CEO of SIDN, the registry for .nl, The Netherlands’ Country Code Top Level Domain. He joined SIDN in 2005, when he was tasked to professionalize SIDN and enhance its national and international position. Under his guidance, SIDN developed into one of the worlds largest, safest and most successful ccTLD’s, with over 5,5 million domains registered, a turnover over EUR 20 million and 80 staff.

Mr. Meijer has extensive international experience in C level management, professionalization, strategic change and corporate restructuring. He serves on several boards, among which the board of the Netherlands Industry Body for the Digital Infrastructure Sector (DINL) and the board of NLnetLabs.

Previously, Mr. Meijer was Managing Director at PTC+, an international training organization operating training facilities and employing over 400 staff in The Netherlands. He joined PTC+ in 1996 as Director of one of its training facilities and was later appointed as Managing Director of the whole company.

Before joining PTC+, Mr. Meijer lived and worked as engineer, project coordinator, technical consultant and government advisor on the African continent. He was employed by an engineering company IMAG and later the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Zambia and Burkina Faso respectively.

Mr. Meijer holds a cum laude Masters degree in Engineering of Wageningen University. In his spare time he rides his Yamaha FJR1300 or, with his wife sails their SunFast37 off-shore.

Jon Nevett, Donuts

Jonathon Nevett is one of Donuts’ Co-Founders and serves as its EVP for Corporate Affairs and on its Board of Directors.  Jon also is a founding Board member of the Domain Name Association, the domain industry’s trade association.

Previously, Jon served as President of Domain Dimensions and as Senior Vice President at Network Solutions.  He was Chairman of the Board of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions, two Network Solutions’ joint ventures.

Jon has served on numerous ICANN task forces, working groups, and panels.  Most recently, he helped form and served as the first Chair of the New gTLD Applicant Group (NTAG).  Jon has advised on how best to protect trademarks with New TLDs, as a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT), the Special Trademark Issue team (STI), and on the International Trademark Association‘s Internet Committee.  Jon served for three terms as the elected Chair of the ICANN Registrar Constituency and co-chaired the U.S. Council for International Business’ Domain Name System Working Group.  In 2009, Jon was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group related to issues of child safety and the Internet.

Prior to joining Network Solutions, Jon worked at MCI and the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis.  Jon received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University.

Jeff Sass, .CLUB Domains

Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries and has co-founded several start-ups including mobile commerce pioneer BarPoint.com in 1999. As Vice President, Chief Evangelist at Myxer from 2007 to 2012 Jeff played a significant role in growing the mobile entertainment company into one of the top 15 mobile websites in the U.S. He is a Co-Founder of EntrepreneurWiki, and Social Object Factory. Jeff joined the .CLUB team in March 2012, and has led the company’s marketing efforts throughout the process of acquiring and launching the .CLUB top level domain. Jeff has also written and produced for film and television and has a deep understanding of the content business that is unique for a tech executive.

A graduate of Cornell University, Jeff is a frequent speaker and panelist on domain names, mobile marketing, digital music, entrepreneurship and social media. He is also an online instructor for the University of San Francisco’s Mobile Marketing Program. Jeff has had articles published in AdAge, Forbes, DMNews, Mobile Marketer, iMedia Connection and others. He is a co-host of the Cast of Dads podcast and has written regularly for a number of blogs including Dadomatic.com, SocialNetworkingRehab.com, and his personal blog, Sassholes! He also served as an Intel Advisor and Sony Digidad.

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