Doug Brent, Chief Operating Officer
Doug Brent joined ICANN in January, 2007 in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICANN’s COO has executive oversight of operational services, including IANA, support of contracted parties (registries/registrars), contractual compliance, policy development support, and major project initiatives. Additionally, the COO is responsible for internal business operation functions (Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology). The COO is also responsible for managing ICANN’s strategic plan/operating plan/budget planning cycle, reporting, and metrics.
Doug has a twenty-five year record of management and leadership in high technology companies in Silicon Valley, USA. Prior to his role at ICANN, Doug was CEO of Packet Design Inc., an innovator of network routing and traffic analysis solutions. Doug led Packet Design from its inception through commercial deployment of its products in some of the largest carrier and enterprise networks in the world. Prior to that, Doug was COO of Packet Design’s research company predecessor. Before Packet Design, Doug was vice president of engineering and acting as CEO at Andes Networks, and vice president of engineering at Whistle Communications. When IBM acquired Whistle, he joined IBM as general manager for small business services, Global Small Business Division. Doug has also held executive and engineering management positions at Taligent (an Apple/IBM/HP joint venture) and Apple Computer. He has a B.A. in economics from University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.