Godefroy Beauvallet, 47, is Head of the General Council of the Economy since 2017. He has held several positions in the senior civil service, including as Chief of staff of the French Minister of State for Industry, Digital Affairs and Innovation or as Director of Innovation at the Mines-Telecom Institute between 2016 and 2017. He is Associate Professor at Télécom ParisTech where he has been a full-time researcher between 2002 and 2007. He was also Vice-Chairman of the French National Council for the Digital Economy from 2013 to 2016. Godefroy Beauvallet has also held positions in the private sector, including as Director of the AXA Research Fund. Board member at INA (French Television National Archive operator) and co-founder of the Lean Institute France, Godefroy Beauvallet is engineer of the Corps des Mines, graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Télécom ParisTech and Mines ParisTech.
The members of Afnic’s Board join Pierre Bonis, Chief Executive Officer, in thanking Emmanuel Sartorius, Chair since 2013, for his dedication during the 6 years of his term of office. Under his leadership, the Board of Trustees initiated important changes to the Association, such as the modernization of the domain name registration system – Afnic’s core business – and the optimization of the financial structure, resulting in a net profit for the last 4 years. The change of Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and the vote of 2 reforms of the Association’s Articles of Association are also key moments of his presidency. Emmanuel Sartorius confirms his attachment to Afnic by becoming a member of honor.
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.