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New auDA CEO Makes A Start

March 13, 2020

The new CEO of the administrator of Australia's .au country code Top Level Domain, auDA, started in her role last week.

auDA announced the appointment of Rosemary Sinclair AM as its new Chief Executive back in January this year. Ms. Sinclair is already familiar with auDA through her stint as a non-executive director of the organisation from 2009 to 2011.

Communications have featured heavily in her career, and it was her leadership and administrative roles in the sector that saw her appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She is a part time Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, (ACMA), the regulatory authority for those sectors.

Just prior to taking on the CEO role at auDA, Ms. Sinclair was the CEO of Energy Consumers Australia, which was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council of Ministers back in 2015.

Among her other work in relation to domain names, Ms. Sinclair has represented the views and interests of stakeholders at ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which among other things is tasked with coordinating maintenance of important databases related to the stable and secure operation of the internet.

All the related and other experience will no doubt serve Ms. Sinclair well in her new role of CEO of the administrator and self-regulatory policy body for the .au ccTLD.

“I’m excited to join the auDA team in working to ensure the .au domain continues to grow and operate in the interests of the Australian community, and look forward to connecting with members and stakeholders over the coming months,” said Ms. Sinclair.

With a new board and now a new CEO at the helm of the organisation, auDA says this marks a new phase for the body; which has undergone a number of changes and faced quite a few challenges in recent years.

And there are certainly more changes for the .au namespace as well in the not too distant future - one major one being the ability to register domain names directly under the country's .au top level. 

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