Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees maintains authority over the scope, mission, and along with the President and Chief Executive Officer establishes the strategic direction and fiscal oversight. The President and Chief Executive Officer, along with ARIN staff, executes the strategic direction through the operational management of ARIN. The Board also has oversight authority of the nomination, appointment, and election of individuals to Board committees and similar roles.
The Board of Trustees consists of seven members. Six members are elected by ARIN's membership and the President of ARIN serves as the seventh Trustee.
Members are selected in accordance with the ARIN Bylaws and the published election process. The President sits on the Board throughout the duration of his/her employment contract. While Board members are welcome to bring comments, questions, and concerns to senior ARIN staff (directors), Board members must include the President in any correspondence. Any assignments or tasks are assigned to staff members only by the President.
The Board has standing committees, and from time to time may appoint special committees. Read the Election Guidelines for more information on how Board members are nominated and elected.
- Paul Andersen, Vice Chair and Treasurer
- Vinton G. Cerf, Chair
- John Curran, President and CEO
- Timothy Denton, Secretariat
- Aaron Hughes
- Bill Sandiford
- Bill Woodcock
Paul Andersen has been with egateNETWORKS Inc., an ISP based in Toronto, since he founded the company in 1996. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the organization's IP network. He was the Board Chairman for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and he also has sat on the Board of the Toronto Internet Exchange. Paul is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario, and holds a B.A. Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul joined the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) on 1 January 2004 to fill a one-year term, and he was re-elected in 2004 and 2007. He vacated his position on the AC when he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009, and he was re-elected and 2012. His current term expires 31 December 2015.
Vinton G. Cerf is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Dr. Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Vint Cerf served as Chairman of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007; and, has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He served as founding President of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Dr. Cerf is a Fellow of the: IEEE; ACM; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the International Engineering Consortium; the Computer History Museum; the British Computer Society; the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; and, a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as President of the Association for Computing Machinery, Chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), Chairman of StopBadWare, and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.
Dr. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including: the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom; U.S. National Medal of Technology; the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; the Prince of Asturias Award; the Tunisian National Medal of Science; the Japan Prize; the Charles Stark Draper Award; the ACM Turing Award; and, 21 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People Magazine identified Dr. Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People".
His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking, and science fiction. Dr. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett. He was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013. His current term expires December 31, 2016.
John Curran is the President and CEO of ARIN. His Internet industry experience includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive federal government and commercial applications. Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, where he was integral in leading the organization's technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company's nationwide network. Mr. Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization's strategic technology direction. He led BBN's technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE. He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.
John is a founding member of the ARIN Board of Trustees, having served since August 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2003, and again in October 2006. As President and CEO of ARIN John is a non-elected, full-voting member of the Board.
Timothy Denton is a lawyer and telecommunications consultant in Ottawa, Canada. Until July 31st, 2013 he was a Commissioner of the CRTC, the Canadian national telecommunications and broadcasting regulator.
He has worked at a number of federal government institutions: the cabinet office (the Privy Council Office), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in the 1970s, and the Office of the Minister of Communications in the latter part of the 1980s. He has been actively involved in domain name policy in the ICANN structure since 1999, and the remaking of the telephone number-addressing system in North America to be compatible with VoIP, through a protocol called ENUM.
Career highlights include: Inquiry Officer into 9-1-1 services in Canada, appointment to the CRTC as a national commissioner (2008), participating in a study for ISOC on the transition to IPv6 (2008), Project Manager for the user-ENUM trial in the United States (2006-2007), Secretary, ICANN-Registrars Constituency, in the Domain Name Supporting Organization of ICANN (2001-2003), Member of the Board, Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), representative of the .ca registrars (2002-2004) and Policy Advisor, Telecommunications and Broadcasting, office of the federal Minister of Communications (1987-1989).
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University and joined the Bar of Quebec in 1975. He completed a Master in Laws from the University of Ottawa's law and technology program in 2007. He was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011 .His current term expires December 31, 2014.
Aaron Hughes is the President and CTO of 6connect, a leader in network provisioning automation including global resource management of IPv6/IPv4 Addressing, DNS/DNSSEC Control from the cloud or behind the firewall for Service Providers and Enterprises. He is deeply rooted in community supporting organizations such as ARIN, NANOG, RIPE, Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force, go6.si and GPF. He is also a contributor to EPF, Interop, Cable Labs, EuroIX, BCP/BCOP and IPv6 outreach programs. Aaron has held network and system architecture and Sr. level management roles at Lockheed Martin, Cariden Technologies, Terremark, Certainty Solutions, UnitedLayer, Quest Technologies, RCN, UltraNet and Channel(1) Communications among others. In addition, he runs the Best Current Operational Practices (BCOP) track at NANOG. He was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2012, and his current term expires 31 December 2015.
Bill Sandiford is the CTO of Telnet Communications, a CLEC and ISP operating in the Greater Toronto Area of Canada, where he is responsible for the design, deployment, and operation of all aspects of Telnet's network and overseeing Telnet's application development and professional services departments. Bill brings over 14 years of experience in the ISP and telecommunications business to the Board, along with expertise in technology, regulatory, business processes, as well as group governance experience as a member of the Board of the Toronto Internet Exchange. Bill served on the ARIN Advisory Council from 2009 to 2013. He was elected to the ARIN Board in 2013. His current term expires 31 December 2016.
Bill Woodcock is the President and Research Director of Packet Clearing House, an NGO and research institute which studies and supports inter-carrier Internet traffic exchange around the world. Bill has worked with PCH since 1993. Bill was also the founder of Zocalo; a small, multinational ISP, which he ran from 1989 to 2002.
Bill was elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees in 2002, and he was re-elected in 2005, 2008, and 2011. His current term expires 31 December 2014.