19 December 2013
The Internet Society names Kathryn C. Brown as its new CEO, succeeding Lynn St. Amour, effective 1 January 2014. Brown comes to the position with more than 30 years of experience in communications policy development, including serving as Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Verizon; specializing in legal and regulatory communications policy as a partner at the Washington D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering; and serving in the administration of US President Clinton, as Head of the Office of Policy and Development at the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and as Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman William E. Kennard.
At Verizon, Brown helped identify and navigate emerging digital issues and led its global corporate responsibility initiatives. She represented the company in the successful adoption by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) of principles for Internet policymaking and was a member of the US delegation to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) World Conference on International Telecommunications treaty negotiations.
As leader of Verizon’s corporate responsibility initiatives, she served on Verizon’s corporate councils for the development of the company’s online privacy and content policies and promoted Verizon’s Human Rights Statement and Supplier Code of Conduct. Additionally, she oversaw an investment of more than $60 million (US) a year in programs and grants from the Verizon Foundation that helped support Internet development. In 2010 she partnered with the Internet Society to launch a highly successful forum on the Internet and higher education in East Africa.
While serving at the FCC, she managed the staff supporting FCC Chairman Kennard’s historic decision to keep the Internet unregulated, to fund the E-rate, and to increase radio spectrum availability to fuel wireless technology innovation.