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Status: Active
Registry Provider: Neustar
Type: Brand TLD

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.ceo is an active Brand TLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The Registry and manager of the TLD is CEOTLD Pty Ltd.[1] Their proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 29 December, 2013.[2]

Application Details

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

"The mission⁄purpose of the .ceo TLD is to establish a cohesive, clear, dedicated and immediately identifiable online identity, experience, and sales channel for CEOTLD Pty Ltd.

CEOTLD Pty Ltd. will combine PeopleBrowsr’s Kred’s influence and outreach measurement, real world rankings and other information feeds to provide comprehensive information for, by and about the CEO community and its members.

CEOTLD Pty Ltd. is excited to have the opportunity to take a lead in this new, expanded Internet environment as one of the first brand TLDs. The .ceo TLD enables us to offer our cutting edge technology products to individuals, brands, locations and industries in a clearer way than is currently possible. It will bring CEOTLD Pty Ltd.’s online presence together into one clear channel of communication and experience, thus clearly distinguishing the company and its products from competitors .. All registrations in the .ceo TLD will be controlled by CEOTLD Pty Ltd. to protect and prevent abuse of CEOTLD Pty Ltd.’s valuable commercial reputation.

The .ceo TLD will allow individuals within the CEO Community to connect and share information about their professional and personal interests and their achievements. The .ceo TLD will also allow individuals outside the CEO Community to discover and interact with members of the community. Finally, individuals can discover the most influential CEOs within specific industries. Interactions with the CEO Community will assist in building brand loyalty.

By providing a space in which Internet users can feel confident about the legitimacy of the information they seek, the .ceo TLD will promote awareness of and contribute to a broader confidence in content within .ceo. The naming convention that will be employed in the .ceo TLD (for example, individual.ceo, places⁄location.ceo, or industry.ceo) will enable online users to find the information they seek more quickly and reliably while reducing confusion. .. The .ceo TLD will make our CEO sites easily found and accessible to all of the people within the CEO Community, including current and former CEOs and people who belong to CEO clubs and organizations. Individual .ceo TLD pages will also be viewable by anyone interested in the CEO Community.

Due to our exclusive registration policy and the rights protection mechanisms described in this application, CEOTLD Pty Ltd. intends that online users will be more reasonably assured that information obtained on .ceo sites is legitimate and can be trusted."[3]

Contract Signed

On 07 November 2013, CEOTLD Pty Ltd received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .ceo after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[4]

Delegation and Availability

.ceo was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on December 29, 2013, completing the successful application for the string.[2]


The Registry announced that the Sunrise Period for the string would begin 10 February 2014 and end on 12 March 2014. This Sunrise period was a "Start Date Sunrise", a type of Sunrise period that has been rare for New gTLD strings.[5]

General Availability

General availability will commence March 27. CEOs are able to add their name to a reserve list on "nic.ceo/ceos"[1]