Pierre Bonis, Directeur général de l’Afnic
Further to the recommendation of the Afnic Board of Trustees, its Chairperson Emmanuel Sartorius has appointed Pierre Bonis as the association’s Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Mathieu Weill as of September 1, 2017.
Pierre Bonis, 44, has been working in the ICT sector, in technical governance of the Internet and domain names for 15 years. He initially held responsibilities within the French government – in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministerial Cabinets in charge of the digital economy and then of sustainable development – before joining Afnic in 2012 as Deputy CEO.
As a specialist in international cooperation issues, Pierre Bonis has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the CENTR, the European association of national domain name registries, since 2016.
Since May 2017, he has been the acting CEO of Afnic in accordance with the succession plan relating to the departure of Mathieu Weill – who had been the CEO of Afnic since 2005 – who has joined the Digital Economy Department (SEN) of the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE). Pierre Bonis will officially take office on September 1, 2017.
“Afnic represents both the permanence and the resilience of the critical infrastructures of the Internet, and a constant spirit of openness and innovation. Continuing on from the work undertaken by Mathieu Weill, with the support of a Board of Trustees which itself is representative of the diversity of the French Internet community, and backed by the tremendous talent of the Afnic teams, in the years to come I intend to continue the quest for excellence to benefit all the stakeholders in the French Internet,” said Pierre Bonis.
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.