Fred Krueger, Executive Chairman
Fred is a serial entrepreneur who has started several successful software and Internet companies. He began his career as a proprietary fixed income trader at Salomon Brothers and Greenwich Capital from 1986 to 1992. He left finance in 1992 to start a graphic design software company, Fauve Software, which was acquired by Macromedia (Nasdaq: ADBE) in 1995. Following this, he started Random Noise, a Java tools provider, which was sold to Vignette (Nasdaq: VIGN) in 1997. In 1999, Fred turned to the Internet sector and started iwin.com, one of the 50 largest internet sites at the time. The company merged with Uproar Inc. and sold to Vivendi Universal (NYSE V) in 2001. In 2000, he started Traffic Marketplace, a top-five advertisement network; the company was also sold to Vivendi Universal in 2005. In 2005, Mr. Krueger started TagWorld, a social network that received substantial investment from Viacom Inc., and Adconion, an Internet advertisement network based in Munich, Germany that serves over 6 billion ad impressions a month. In addition to Minds and Machines, Fred is the founder of Mozart – a web publishing tool. Fred received a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University.
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 Director
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.
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.