Having taken note of the situation, the Afnic Board of Directors has decided to immediately implement the succession plan provided for in such circumstances.
In order to ensure the continuity of the association’s various activities, the Board has decided to appoint Pierre Bonis, currently Deputy CEO, as Acting Chief Executive Officer from 1 May 2017. In this capacity, he will assume all the responsibilities assigned to the CEO by Afnic’s Articles of Association.
In the coming weeks, Afnic’s Board of Directors will launch a call for candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer and will select one or more independent firms of consultants to support it in the open process.
In accordance with its practice of transparency, Afnic will provide information on these future deadlines in due course to its members and to the French Internet community as a whole.
Marking the departure of Mathieu Weill, the Afnic Board of Directors unanimously hailed the work he has accomplished since 2005 as head of the association.
Mathieu Weill’s work resulted in strong growth for Afnic during that period, enabling the association to enhance its expertise, diversify its activities, and gain broader recognition both in France and on the international market.
Mathieu Weill successfully oversaw those major changes by involving both the staff of the association and all of its stakeholders.
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.