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Board of Directors

The PIR Board is composed of individuals who have shown themselves to be e extremely competent through long and distinguished careers and they are clearly capable of directing PIR through the transition and through the first year of start-up:

  • Gerry Baraņano (USA): Gerry, an internationally accomplished sales and marketing executive was most recently VP of Sales for Nortel Networks. Gerry has extensive experience in marketing innovative products to large established companies in the telecommunications and media fields. He has also served on the boards of several non-profits.
  • Frode Greisen (Europe): Frode is a board member of the RIPE NCC Association; a former president of the European Research and Education Network (EARN); and a former chairman and founding board member of ISOC. Frode brings excellent technical and infrastructure expertise.
  • Lawrence H. Landweber (USA): Larry is the John P. Morgridge Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of ISOC, and the Society's VP of Education. Larry has been creating Internet infrastructure and educational programs in developing countries for years, and helped establish the first Internet gateways between the U.S. and countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Alan Levin (Africa), Treasurer:Alan is a noted Internet activist, a network engineer, and a business development expert. He helped to found and manage CITI (the Cape IT Initiative), AfriDNS, and Bandwidth Barn (an ICT community incubator and bandwidth co-operative). He is active with AfriNIC, ISOC’s South Africa chapter, and AFNOG.
  • Andy Linton (Australasia), Secretary: A network architect and engineer, Andy has served on the Council of InternetNZ, the non-profit common interest society that is the steward of the .NZ ccTLD. He has designed and deployed Internet solutions in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Niue, and has been the DNS technical domain contact for Nepal, Western Samoa, and Kiribati. He’s currently providing solutions and training for APNIC and RIPE.
  • David W. Maher (USA), Chairman: A partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, David is an intellectual property and communications law expert, and ISOC’s VP - Public Policy. He was a member of the IAHC (International Ad Hoc Committee), which provided the foundation for the UDRP, is a member of the WIPO Arbitration & Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals, and is a member of the Visiting Committee to the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. To avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, David has indicated that he will resign his position as VP - Public Policy if our bid is selected.
  • Marc Rotenberg (USA): Marc is the Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and is Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Marc serves as Chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Privacy and Information Protection, and on the UNESCO Expert Panel on Cyberspace Law. He also brings extensive experience in non-profit management.
  • Lynn St.Amour (USA and Europe) – Ex-officio ISOC liaison: President & CEO – Internet Society.