Sally Costerton

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Affiliation: ICANN
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ICANNLogo.png Currently ICANN Staff

Sally Costerton leads ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement program and is Senior Advisor to the President.[1] She was also one of the top four candidates for the position of ICANN CEO following the departure of Rod Beckstrom in 2012, which was eventually filled by Fadi Chehadé. Most recently, she served as CEO and Chairman of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region for Hill & Knowlton, one of the world's largest PR firms.[2] She is also the current President of the PRCA.[3]


Vice Presidential Appointees

Following appointees and initiatives by CEO Fadi Chehadé to improve Global engagement, including the improvement of Ms. Costeron herself, 4 Vice Presidents of Global Stakeholder Engagement were appointed in November, 2012:

It is the goal that these 4 positions help to "improve the international presence and participation in the organization's mulitstakeholder model." Ms. Costerton said, "By having vice presidents around the world who speak the languages and understand the cultures of their respective regions we are reflecting the global diversity and inclusive nature of the Internet itself."[4]

Career History

Ms. Costerton left Hill & Knowlton at the end of 2011 voluntarily, following the end of her two year contract, which began in 2009 and was briefly extended. She was at Hill & Knowlton for a total of 12 years, having served in a variety of senior management positions including CEO of the company's UK offices, Head of Technology, EMEA,[5] and Head of Corporate Communication and Technology for the UK. She joined the company in July 1999 as Managing Director of Technology Practice, UK, prior to which she was the Managing Director of Abacus and the Main Board Director at The Argyll Consultancies. From 1988 until 1995, she was the Director of Quentin Bell Organisation. She began her career in 1986 as an Account Executive at Wedgwood Markham Associates.[6][7]


Sally Costerton received a degree in Modern History from University of London's Westfield College in 1986.[8]