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  22 May 2002

Following a recent strategy review, Nominet UK has announced a major restructuring of its senior management.

Former managing director and executive chairman, Dr Willie Black, has relinquished the role of managing director to focus on strategy, policy and leadership of the Nominet council of management (the equivalent of a board of directors). As executive chairman he will also take responsibility for developing Nominet's relationship with the UK government, as well as CENTR and ICANN.

"The world in which we operate has changed and matured, technology has developed rapidly and Nominet needs to adapt to meet the challenge," explained Black. "Nominet is widely respected as a role model for domain name Registries around the world and we are increasingly being approached for advice and support, both at home and overseas. These changes will allow me to build on our existing relationships and develop new ones for the benefit of the UK internet community."

His deputy, Lesley Cowley, has been promoted to managing director, with a remit to further strengthen the management and operational teams. Building on her experience in both the private and public sectors, as well as her time at Nominet, Cowley will be looking to develop Nominet's staff, systems and services to ensure that it remains the world-wide benchmark for domain name Registries.

"We do not intend to rest on our laurels, there is a great deal of work to do," said Cowley. "We are already taking on board advances in technology and the reorganisation will give us scope to grow the best of our own staff but also bring in expertise to fill the gaps.

"The fact that I already know Nominet, its members and the industry well will give me a head start, and I look forward to working with them all to meet the challenges as they unfold."