Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) Names New President and CEO



    OTTAWA, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Internet Registration
Authority (CIRA) announced today that Byron G. Holland has been named its new
President and CEO. CIRA is the not-for-profit organization responsible for
operating Canada's dot-ca (.ca) Internet domain name registry.
    "We are delighted to have Byron Holland joining CIRA and look forward to
his contributions as we continue to evolve and improve our business," said
Debi Rosati, Chair of CIRA's Board of Directors. "Byron's strong operational
experience and background in customer-centric, technology driven industries
will benefit CIRA as we continue to deliver world-class domain registration
and DNS services while we improve customer satisfaction."
    Holland has over 17 years experience in the technology, finance, and
retail sectors and joins CIRA from Futura Rewards where he was a founding
partner and performed as Chief Operating Officer. While at Futura Rewards,
Holland led the IT and Operations groups and was instrumental in its growth to
become the third-largest coalition loyalty program in Canada. During his
tenure, Futura Rewards raised over $20 million in venture financing and
launched a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO).
    "I look forward to working with CIRA as we implement a number of exciting
strategic initiatives that will benefit our customers, business partners, and
the Canadian public at large who use dot-ca domain names," says Holland.
    Holland's appointment marks the culmination of an extensive, nationwide
executive search conducted by CIRA. Holland succeeds CIRA's interim Chief
Operating Officer, Ron Harbottle, who will retire from his post after eight
years of service. Byron will continue to serve as a Director on Futura Loyalty
Groups Board of Directors.

    About CIRA

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the
not-for-profit, member-driven organization responsible for the management of
Canada's dot-ca domain namespace, the policies that support Canada's Internet
community, and Canadian involvement in international Internet governance.

    www.cira.ca

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For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview please contact:
Melisa Durak-Buljubasic, Public Relations and Communications Specialist, (613)
237-5335 (ext. 294), (613) 219-5328, melisa.db@cira.ca


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