Another Major Derailment At auDA

I’ve heard through the grapevine from a few sources that there has been a sensational resignation from the senior ranks of auDA management.

My subsequent enquiries have confirmed this to be a fact.

Rachael Falk (Director Technology, Security and Strategy) has resigned.

She was a premium recruit to the “new auDA” as you can see from this auDA newsletter of 5th October 2016:

And this blog article from Kathy Reid confirms that the auDA Chair (Stuart Benjamin) thought similarly to his CEO (Cameron Boardman):

Why Did Rachael Falk resign?

My sources tell me that she resigned on points of principle – apparently her professional judgement was questioned by some. Given Rachael’s virtues were extolled just seven months ago (combined with her respected corporate pedigree), this, if true, is a real shock.

I hope Members and stakeholders get a proper explanation sooner rather than later.

As a personal footnote, I had many dealings with Rachael during the process of becoming a Registrar. Professional, firm, fair and friendly is how I would describe her.  I’m sad to see her leave.

This Has To Stop

Seriously, how long can auDA properly survive with a Chair and CEO who seem intent on not properly interacting with their Members and stakeholders? Emails and letters go unanswered. Transparency and communication have disappeared – and Members are being treated like 2nd class citizens (in my opinion). It’s just not good enough.

♦  For instance, why do I have to report this news? Why has there not been an announcement from auDA?

This chaos has to stop. Perhaps the Chair and the CEO should be considering their positions?

What do you think?

Ned O’Meara – 25th May 2017


2 thoughts on “Another Major Derailment At auDA

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    May 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Embarrassing, has AUDA got anyone in charge of “communications” or does AUDA think Ned does a good enough job so let’s not worry about anything official?

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    May 25, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Ned seriously, do you really think the auDA CEO Cameron Boardman or auDA Chair Stuart Benjamin, who are both close friends with auDA Board Director Erhan Karabardik, will ever resign of their own free will?

    How did either of them get into their high paying auDA roles with no previous Australian or International domain name industry experience?

    People have raised these questions and now with the mess auDA is in we see perhaps they are not suitable for the roles they have taken on or been placed into by others

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