Nominet appoints Paul Fletcher as CEO

Fletcher, who is currently CEO at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, will join the Nominet board and take on the CEO position in February, to shape and deliver strategy for the domain name body.

He will replace Russell Haworth, who is now CEO of NBS, with the Nominet board announcing back in March that Haworth would step down.

During his time at BCS, Fletcher led a programme promoting digital apprenticeships that helped restore the organisation to profitability, after a regulatory change had a major impact on revenues.

Prior to this, he serves as managing director of educational technology at RM Education, an educational technology business, and has held a number of operational management and strategic consultancy roles.

Nominet has been running the .UK internet infrastructure for the last 25 years, developing an expertise in the Domain Name System (DNS) that underpins the threat monitoring, detection, prevention and analytics used by governments to mitigate cyber threats.

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“Nominet has played an important role in the UK’s digital economy for over 25 years. While I’ll be sad to leave BCS, the professional body for the IT industry is in very capable hands,” said incoming Nominet CEO, Fletcher.

“I’m exceptionally proud to join another purpose-driven organisation, respected for its work running a reliable and responsible .UK registry and contributing to a more secure online world. I look forward to meeting members and the Nominet team.”

Andrew Green, chair at Nominet, commented: “We were looking for a CEO who would put purpose at the heart of Nominet; someone to oversee a significant increase in public benefit spending and build strong relationships with members; and of course someone with the operational experience to run part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure smoothly and deliver a world class service for members and customers.

“Paul has the breadth of experience to take the organisation forward into its next phase.”

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Aaron Hurst

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