Burns to exit H+K for comms role at ICANN

WASHINGTON: Duncan Burns will exit his role as global energy practice director at Hill+Knowlton Strategies to become VP of global communications at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) next month.

WASHINGTON: Duncan Burns will exit his role as global energy practice director at Hill+Knowlton Strategies to become VP of global communications at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) next month.

He will report to former colleague Sally Costerton, H+K's one-time EMEA CEO, who serves as senior adviser to the president of global stakeholder engagement at ICANN.

Burns has worked at H+K since September 2000 in both London and Washington on a range of national and international programs across the technology, energy, finance, and NGO sectors. At one point, he was interim GM of H+K's Washington office and worked as SVP in its technology practice.

Burns became familiar with ICANN, the organization that secures Internet addresses, when H+K launched an awareness campaign for one of the group's programs. He was drawn to the position because of the mix of global policies that ICANN faces.

Burns said he hopes to raise awareness of the organization as “it is not well-known outside of a core community.”

ICANN chose Burns because of his international experience and leadership skills, Costerton said in a statement. He will be based in ICANN's Washington office when he starts in the role on May 20. Burns will be replaced at H+K by Chris Gidez.

Jim Trengrove, ICANN's senior director of communications, has led the communications department since September 2012. He will shift his focus to expanding the company's media platforms.

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