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Status: Terminated
Registry Provider: Afilias
Type: Brand TLD
Priority #: 1059 - The Corporate Executive Board Company

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.ceb was a Brand TLD delegated to the Root Zone in ICANN's New gTLD Program on 8 August 2015. The registry provider was The Corporate Executive Board Company, with back-end services provided by Afilias.[1]

On July 10, 2020, the Corporate Executive Board Company submitted a Termination Notice to ICANN.[2] After completing its review process, ICANN terminated the Registry Agreement on January 6, 2021.[3]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the TLD applicant's response to question #18:

"The Corporate Executive Board (NYSE: EXBD) is a publicly traded firm that provides best practices research and advisory services to businesses worldwide.

CEB’s clients are senior executives and their teams at large and mid-sized organizations who use the company’s services to drive corporate performance through insights, analytic tools, and advisory support. CEB analyzes and disseminates successful business practices from a global network of clients. The company’s products feature best practice research studies, executive-specific industry research, peer benchmarks, decision and diagnostic tools, executive networking, and live and online events.

CEB’s clientʹs includes 85% of the Fortune 500, 70% of the DAX 30, 73% of the FTSE 100, and 50% of the Dow Jones Asian Titans. CEB has clients in more than 50 countries and 5,700 individual organizations.

CEB services are aligned to executive roles and address a number of recurring challenges: assessing key performance trends and risks; benchmarking and performance plans; establishing innovative operating approaches; organizing and managing crucial talent; driving alignment and support for change; and navigating leadership transitions.

CEB’s business model helps executives solve these challenges and implement insights, practices and tools that are being used by companies worldwide. The model operates with four components: first, by creating a network of leaders in key functional roles; second, by focusing on identifying those leaders’ common challenges; third, by subsequently using research to make solutions accessible; and fourth, by leveraging a global service infrastructure to deliver insights, best practices and tools.


The proposed gTLD will be a restricted, exclusively-controlled gTLD where only Applicant, affiliated entities and authorized business partners will be permitted to register second-level domains for Applicant business purposes only for a term of one to ten years. Affiliated entities who are part of the same corporate organization as the Applicant who seek registrations for second-level names under the TLD will be required to present evidence in writing to accredited registrar(s) for the TLD demonstrating explicit authorization from an officer of the Applicant company to register second-level names within the TLD to protect against unauthorized registration within the TLD by unaffiliated third parties. Applicants and affiliated entities owned and⁄or controlled by the same corporate parent company will supply corporate contact and ownership information, not personal information, for each registration obtained under the TLD for display in the TLD WHOIS. To the extent second-level domain names are ever registered to Applicant’s business partners and⁄or affiliates that are not owned by Applicant or its corporate parent company, registrants will be required to execute a registration agreement that incorporates all required ICANN consensus policies and other legal⁄policy requirements imposed on new gTLD applicants into the terms and conditions of the domain name registration agreement. Such registration may also be subject to additional terms and conditions under separate business partner and⁄or affiliate agreements with Applicant entity. Registrations by business partners or affiliates not owned by Applicant or its corporate parent company will require written, pre-approval by designated individual(s) at Applicant company, must provide corporate contact information, not personal information, for WHOIS purposes and must be made with Applicant’s registrar of choice. Registrants must not use the domain name in any way that may damage or diminish Applicants brand reputation, business relationships or other business interests. Failure to do any of the above, will result in the immediate suspension of registrant’s registration agreement and⁄or all deletion of all domain names currently registered in the TLD."[4]