Raymond A. Plzak
Raymond A. Plzak was a Member of the ICANN Board of Directors from May 2009 to October 2015. He was first appointed by the Address Supporting Organization in May 2009, and his term was extended ahead of the ICANN 44 meeting in June, 2012. Plzak is also the Chairman of the Structural Improvements Committee, Member of the Board Governance Committee, and a Member of the Risk Committee.
Plzak has extensive experience with Internet Registry Operations. He has been involved in managing the allocation of Internet Number Resources, the administration of domain names, managing Internet Root Servers, directory services such as the Whois and Internet Routing Registry (IRR), and help desk operations. From 1990 until 1995, Raymond worked with Network Solutions, and from 1995 until 2000 he served as Assistant Vice President of SAIC. In 1991, Plzak started working with the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He was responsible for the administration and management of the .mil generic top level domain name (gTLD). In 2000, he joined the ARIN as President and CEO until 2009. After his tenure with ARIN, he joined ICANN and became a member of the Board of Directors.
Plzak is a former member of the following Working Groups and Committees:
- Past Co-Chairman of the IETF's Domain Name System (DNS) Operation Working Group
- Former Member of the DNS Root Server Advisory Committee
- Former Member of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee
- Former Member of the Board-GAC Joint Working Group
Plzak co-authored a paper entitled "Legal and Policy Aspects of Internet Numbers," which discussed the importance of a consistent and heightened legal and public policy approach for the effective management of the critical issues involved in managing the Internet Number Resources. The paper was presented during the VI Computer Law World Conference in 2006 and it was published in Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal in 2008. He also co-authored several RFCs including RFC 2870- Root Name Server Operational Requirements, which was published in 2000. He was also the principal author and editor of some of the internet governance documents including the NRO MoU, ASO MoU, and the ARIN PDP.