Donuts co-founder will lead the .org registry.

Jon Nevett, new CEO of Public Interest Registry.

Jon Nevett has been named the new CEO of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name. Nevett will take over for Jay Daley, who was the interim CEO after Brian Cute left.

Nevett left Donuts–a company he co-founded–in October. Since then, rumors have been swirling that Nevett would take over the top job at PIR. He was the first person people named when I asked around at the ICANN meeting in Barcelona that month. The timing of his departure could have been attributed to Abry Partners acquiring Donuts, but Nevett’s background and sudden availability made him a front-runner.

It seems like a good fit for both Nevett and PIR. Nevett has a unique combination of experience with both the policy and business sides of running top level domain names. This will come in handy at PIR, a non-profit that effectively reports up (and donates its proceeds) to Internet Society.

Nevett has a law degree from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from Binghamton University. He already lives in Washington, D.C., where PIR is located.

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