President and CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé’s career has been defined by building consensus and promoting collaborative technologies and practices. He has more than 25 years of experience in building and leading progressive Internet enterprises, leveraging relationships with senior executives and government officials across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Fadi, age 50, is a citizen of Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Egyptian parents and left the then war-torn country in 1980 at the age of 18. He speaks fluent Arabic, English, French, and Italian.
Most recently, he served as CEO of Vocado LLC, a U.S. firm that is a provider of cloud-based software for the administration of educational institutions. Prior to Vocado, Fadi was CEO of CoreObjects Software, Inc., a leader in new product software development services for both large and growing companies. He oversaw the expansion of the company to include more than 400 engineers and its successful acquisition by Symphony Services. Prior to CoreObjects, Fadi served as the general manager of IBM’s Global Technology Services in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Dubai, he led a team across an emerging region experiencing high growth. He also built and managed a new global business for IBM, providing managed services to large clients in telecommunications, aerospace, and retail to improve the accuracy, depth, and timeliness of business information visibility across demand and supply chains. Fadi founded and has led three companies since 1987, including Viacore, a B2B process integration hub acquired by IBM in 2006; RosettaNet, a nonprofit multi-stakeholder eBusiness standards consortium; and Nett Information Products, an Internet-based content management and sharing solution acquired by Ingram Micro, where he became vice president of its customer information services group.
Fadi is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a master’s degree in engineering management. He earlier earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Polytechnic University in New York, where he graduated summa cum laude. Fadi is also the founder of Nilorado, a youth organization that raises funds to support schools for handicapped children in Upper Egypt and delivers bicycles to boys and girls from needy families in that region who otherwise cannot reach their schools.