Fadi Chehadé

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ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé speaks at ICANN's 45th Public Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Fadi Chehadé (Arabic: فادي شحادة) (born 1962) is an information technology executive, founder of RosettaNet and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ICANN.

Early life[edit]

Chehadé was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Egyptian parents.[1][2] In 1985 he received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The following year he completed his master's degree in engineering management at Stanford University.[3] He became a naturalized US citizen in 1986.[2]

Business career[edit]

Chehadé worked as a systems engineer for Bell Labs before founding Nett Information Products (aka Connectica) in 1987, a company to create and develop an Internet-based content management and sharing solution.[4] Nett was acquired by Ingram Micro and Chehadé became their vice president in charge of customer information services.[4]

In 1997 Chehadé conceived of a not-for-profit organization that would coordinate and develop standards for Business-to-business (B2B) communications. He successfully convinced businesses, including Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, Nokia and Oracle Corporation, to back the program and the result was RosettaNet where he became its first CEO.[4]

In 1999, Chehadé founded Viacore Inc. a B2B services provider, which was acquired by IBM in 2006. At which time he became IBM's vice president for global business development followed by general manager of their global technology services for Middle East/North Africa region. He then took over as CEO of CoreObjects Software, Inc., a developer of new product management software for businesses. CoreObjects was acquired in 2010 by Symphony Services.[5]

For the next two years Chehadé was CEO of Vocado LLC, a provider of cloud-based software for educational institutions to manage administrative and student services.[6]


In June 2012 he was picked to head the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).[7][8] Among his first duties was overseeing the TLD Registry expansion program.[9]

In August 2014 ICANN announced that they had extended Chehadé's contract and given him a pay rise of 12.5%.[10] That year he oversaw the initiation of the process to transfer of IANA functions from the United States to the global Internet community.[11]

Post ICANN[edit]

In August 2015 Chehadé announced that, after his ICANN term ends, he will take the position of Senior Advisor on Digital Strategy for ABRY Partners.[12] In December 2015 he announced he would also become co-chair of a newly formed advisory committee to the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. The first meeting of the committee will take place in mid 2016.[13] In January 2016 it was announced that Chehadé would become a senior advisor to Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, commencing April 1 2016.[14]


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  3. ^ Lillington, Karlin (15 October 2015). "Fadi Chehadé, overseer of the global internet piazza". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Fadi Chehadé: President and CEO". ICANN. June 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Staff (9 September 2010). "Symphony Services acquires CoreObjects". CXOtoday. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Alumni Community Archives: Class Notes 2011: Fadi Chehade". Polytechnic Institute of New York University. 
  7. ^ Staff (22 June 2012). "Icann hire Fadi Chehade as new chief executive". BBC News. 
  8. ^ Jesdanun, Anick (23 June 2012). "Internet group picks little-known executive as CEO". The Austin Statesman. Austin, Texas. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Net coverage: gTLD Applicant Strategy: 2013 The Make or Break Year for Applicants". ICANN. 19 March 2013. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Board Extends Term of ICANN President". ICANN. 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fadi Chehadé, President And Chief Executive Officer Of ICANN, Biography". ICANN. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Chehadé, Fadi. "My Transition from ICANN CEO". 17 August 2015. ICANN. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Chehadé, Fadi (23 December 2015). "My Transition from ICANN CEO, an Update". ICANN Blog. ICANN. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Mathuros, Fon (22 January 2016). "FADI CHEHADÉ ANNOUNCEMENT". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 22 January 2016.