Effective as of March 31, 2014, the new organization of Afnic will support and develop multi-registry activity against an increasingly competitive background.
For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic, “Nearly two hundred new Internet TLDs have now been launched, and Afnic is a major player in this change in France. While bolstering our commitment to the French Internet community, our new organization reflects our own transformation to support the .fr TLD, the TLDs of the French Overseas territories, and customers who have committed to the new namespaces.”
With these objectives in mind, the new organization will be based on 6 departments:
- The Finance and Administration Department, headed by Pascale Gatti
A graduate of the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) in Paris, Pascale Gatti is specialized in the administrative and financial management of organizations working in the services sector. ascale has worked at Cap Gemini in particular, where she held various positions including that of Chief Financial Officer and Business Controller. She was also Associate Director of Acceliance Consulting SA. Pascale Gatti has held various positions, including Chief Financial Officer, consultant for Syntec Numérique, Harris Consulting and Telintrans before joining Afnic.
- The Sales Department, headed by Emilie Turbat
A graduate of Bordeaux Business School (ESC), Emilie Turbat joined Afnic early in 2009 as a Customer Service Manager, providing support for customers of the .fr Registry in implementing solutions and ensuring continuous improvement in customer satisfaction. Before joining Afnic, she was in charge of Customer Services in the telecom and e-commerce sectors, as well as international companies in new technologies.
- The Excellence and Safety department, headed by Sylvie Lacep
Sylvie Lacep joined Afnic in March 2002 as an engineer and has held several positions of responsibility since, allowing her to contribute to all the projects involving the development of registry services. In 2008, Sylvie was appointed Assistant Manager for Registry Operations and was entrusted with steering the Afnic Quality initiative by the CEO. In January 2011, following on from the Quality project, she was appointed Head of the Afnic continuous improvement initiative.
- The Information Systems department, headed by Régis Massé
After graduating as an engineer from the Computer Science and Information Technology School (EPITA) specializing in Cognitive Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, Régis Massé worked for nearly ten years at IB, a subsidiary of Cegos, occupying the posts of consultant trainer, then Head of Information Systems. He joined Afnic in 2008 as Head of Design and Development before being appointed Head of Infrastructure and Technology in 2011. He now replaces Philippe Renaut – the current Director of Information Systems – who is leaving the .fr Registry as part of his career development.
- The Marketing Department, headed by Matthieu Crédou
A graduate of the Political Studies Institute in Rennes, Crédou Matthew began his career in Asia with the LVMH group. After returning to Brittany, he took part in the launch of the .bzh gTLD project before becoming the first chair of the www.bzh association in 2008 and its project manager from 2009 onwards. He joined Afnic in 2011 as Sales Manager and has been involved in implementing the new gTLD offer and the development of new products and services.
- Finally, Pierre Bonis, the current Deputy CEO, takes charge of support functions related to the life of the Afnic association in the Communications Department and the Legal, Abusive Use and Litigation Department.
After graduating in modern literature from the University of Paris 3 and in philosophy from the University of Paris 1, Peter Bonis began his career as head of ICT cooperation at the French Embassy in Nigeria. ICT Bureau Chief at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2008, he then joined Afnic as the head of partnerships and new products. In 2009, he joined the cabinet of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Secretary of State for the development of the digital economy, as international advisor for content and innovation. He was her deputy chief of staff at the Ministry of Sustainable Development. In 2012, he rejoined Afnic as Deputy CEO.
For information, Afnic today represents:
- 80 employees
- A turnover of 13.4 million euros;
- 2.7 million .fr domain names
- Support for the opening of 17 new gTLDs
- A head office located in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.