Antony Van Couvering, Chief Executive Officer
Antony has been working with domain names and Internet infrastructure since 1996. He was one of those involved in setting up the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) and in prior Internet governance efforts. He was founder and chief executive officer in 1996 of NetNames USA, the first company devoted to working with corporate domain names portfolios on an international basis. Netnames was sold in 1998 to NetBenefit, which later became Group NBT. In 1999 he founded NameEngine, an Internet services company handling domain names and other intellectual property assets for major corporations, which he sold to VeriSign in December 2001. Following this sale Antony worked at VeriSign for two years in their Digital Brand Management Unit. Mr. Van Couvering is a founder Minds + Machines. He has an AB in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
Michael Salazar, Chief Financial Officer, Director
Prior to joining TLDH in December 2012, Michael was the gTLD Program Director at ICANN. He was responsible for developing the new department within ICANN to implement the gTLD operations programme and manage the execution of all operations. Prior to ICANN, Michael worked at KPMG for 16 years, where he was a partner in the Advisory Services Group, responsible for the overall quality and execution of internal audit and advisory engagements for a diverse group of clients across a number of industries, including technology, media and entertainment, consumer products and manufacturing. He co-managed KPMG’s IT Advisory Services group within Los Angeles and Orange County. Prior to working in the Advisory Services Group, Michael spent considerable time working in KPMG’s International Tax practice.
Caspar von Veltheim, Executive Director
Mr. von Veltheim has been responsible for TLDH’s continental European gTLD applications for .nrw and .bayern (in respect of both of which he has a 15 per cent. interest as a founding shareholder). Mr. von Veltheim studied film production at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Prior to this he received a BA in Business Studies and Film & Television at Roehampton University in London. He has worked for production companies in Germany, the UK and the United States. After working at NBC Universal Global Networks in Germany, Caspar was a director of the Internet marketing and consultancy business, Netbrands Media.
Keith Teare, Non-Executive Chairman
Keith is the CEO and founder of just.me Inc and a founder at the Palo Alto incubator, Archimedes Labs. He was the founder of a number of successful Internet ventures: In 1994 he was CTO and co-founder of The EasyNet Group, one of the first ISP’s in Europe, which was admitted to AIM in 1996 and was subsequently acquired by BSkyB; he was also founder and CEO in 1998 of Palo Alto-based RealNames Corporation, which was responsible for supporting the nascent multi-lingual DNS system run by Verisign, and more recently was co-founder of TechCrunch, which was acquired by AOL in Sept 2010.
David de Jongh Weill, Non-Executive Director
David de Jongh Weill started his professional career with Salomon Brothers in 1983 in derivative products sales and trading. He subsequently became active in proprietary trading for Salomon Brothers in International Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange. David left Salomon in 1989 to develop an international proprietary trading activity with Greenwich Capital Markets. Thereafter, in 1992, David developed his own fund management activity with funds under management growing to over US$1.2 billion. From 1998, he has focused on corporate finance through Patrimoine Partners, LLP an FCA authorised firm and serving on corporate boards, predominantly in publicly listed natural resource and media and technology companies. David has chaired four public companies; being Niger Uranium, Afnat, Caledon Resources and Axmin Inc, and served as a director for Kalahari Minerals, Minds and Machines (Top Level Domain Holdings as it was formerly known), and GCM Resources. Niger Uranium, under David’s leadership, returned the equivalent of over £41 million to shareholders as special dividends. David served as Chairman on the board at Caledon Resources that was then sold to Guangdong Rising Asset Management in 2011 for $530 million. Kalahari Minerals was sold to China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company in 2012 for £650 million. David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude in International Business from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Business Administration from the London Business School, a Masters in Law and Accounting from The London School of Economics and a Masters in Decision Sciences from The London School of Economics. David was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.
Guy Elliott, Non-Executive Director
Guy Elliott is an independent investor, corporate finance advisor and entrepreneur specializing in natural resources and Internet technologies
From 1993 to 2001 Mr. Elliott was a co-founder of Croesus Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager with $1billion under management. Since 2001, Mr. Elliott has been a co-founder of F3 Capital management, an alternative investments advisory that has specialized in early stage financings of resources and Internet technology companies. Mr. Elliott was a co-founder shareholder or Series A investor in many companies during the past 15 years including the following: Iwin, Tagworld, TLDH/Minds and Machines, Marathon PGM, Uramin, Royal Nickel, CDC/CRC, Polo Resources, Get Pager, Trax Retail and Collinear Networks.
Elliot Noss, Non-Executive Director
Elliot is the Chief Executive Officer of Tucows Inc., having joined the company as Vice President of Corporate Services in 1997. Tucows is a leading domain name registrar and provider of other Internet services and also provides mobile phone services. Tucows has been at the forefront of new gTLDs since 1998 and has partnered with the Minds + Machines Group for the gTLD applications for .store, .tech and .group as well supporting the Group with its registrar platform. Elliot has been involved with ICANN since prior to its inception and was a member of its Nominating Committee three times.