The Board of Directors of the AFNIC, at the 2005, April 22 meeting, held the election of retiring Jean-Yves Babonneau’s successor.
Among several candidates, the board recommended the appointment of Mr Mathieu Weill as CEO of the French ccTLD Registry, starting from July 1st, 2005.
Telecommunications engineer, Mr Mathieu Weill worked for the ministry of Industry, carrying out duties in the telecommunications innovation support programme and in charge of the National Telecommunications Research Network.
In 2003, he was designated Head of the long term and economical studies Bureau within the technologies and information society Department of the same ministry.
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.