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'''Mason Cole''' is the Vice President of Communications and Industry Relations at [[Donuts]], a start-up gTLD registry company based in Washington. He has been with Donuts since May 1, 2012.<ref>[http://donuts.co/images/stories/donuts_launch_release.pdf Donuts Launches Domain Namespace Expansion With 207 gTLD Applications, More Than $100 Million in Funding]</ref>
Mason was previously the Vice President of Communications and Industry Relations for [[Oversee.net]]. He joined [[SnapNames]], a subsidiary of Oversee, in 2001 and left in September, 2011.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=365386&authType=name&authToken=NynI&locale=en_US&pvs=pp&trk=ppro_viewmore LinkedIn]</ref> He was responsible for the company's public relations and communications for its five operating divisions, its relationship with [[ICANN]], and for handling matters with regulatory agencies and international governments. Mason also directed the company’s intellectual property interests. He has successfully secured patents in the United States, Canada and China.
Cole is also the former Chair of the [[Registrar Stakeholder Group]],<ref>[http://www.icannregistrars.org/about/staff.php RrSG Staff]</ref> and a board member of the [[Internet Commerce Association]]. He was representing the [[Registrar Stakeholder Group]] on the [[GNSO]].<ref>[http://dyn.com/dyn-vp-gray-chynoweth-voted-icann-chair/ Dyn VP Gray Chynoweth Voted ICANN RrSG Chair, dyn.com]</ref> Cole has also been the Editor and Publisher of the the State of the Domain industry analysis newsletter.
In a letter dated December 8th, 2011, Mason Cole, along with twenty-seven other domain name industry representatives, wrote to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to support [[ICANN]]'s new gTLD program, in response to the [[ICANN#New_gTLD_Senate_and_House_of_Representatives_Hearings|Senate Hearings]] taking place on the same day. They supported ICANN's argument that the program would be innovative and economically beneficial, and noted that the program took a diverse group of international stakeholders years to develop.<ref>[http://domainincite.com/new-gtld-industry-pleads-with-senators/ New gTLD industry pleads with senators, domainincite.com]</ref> The letter can be found [http://domainincite.com/docs/Senate-Letter-ICANN-Expansion-of-Top-Level-Domains-08.DEC.2011.pdf here].
Mason's previous experience includes marketing and public relations responsibilities in the financial services and technology industries.
* Principal at 5x5 Communications LLC (September 2011 – May 2012)
* Vice President at Oversee.net (July 2001 – September 2011)
* Partner at New Venture Communications (March 1999 – July 2001)
* Director of Communications at Crabbe Huson Group/Crabbe Huson Mutual Funds (October 1996)
* Editor, Emerging Science and Technology at Forum Publications (November 1995 – March 1996)
* Marketing Representative at American Century Investments (November 1994 – June 1995)<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mason-cole/0/157/54a LinkedIn]</ref>
Mason received his BA in Communications and Political Science from Drury University in 1990.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=365386&authType=name&authToken=NynI&locale=en_US&pvs=pp&trk=ppro_viewmore LinkedIn]</ref>
Mason was interviewed at [[ICANN 44]] in Prague:
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