Hook, who has been CEO since 2010, will remain on the board.
Neustar has appointed Charles Gottdiener its new President and CEO, replacing Lisa Hook.
Hook had been in her role since 2010 and was COO for two years before that.
She managed the company during tumultuous times. It lost its Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) contact, which was the company’s main revenue base. She worked to diversify revenue ahead of the contract bidding, mostly by acquiring companies.
Two years ago the company announced that it planned to split into two companies, with one handling what was left of the NPAC contract and the other managing the rest of its businesses.
Instead, it went private in a $2.9 billion buyout from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
Gottdiener comes from private equity. As COO at Providence Equity Partners, he often stepped in as interim CEO of portfolio companies.
Hook will remain on Neustar’s board.
Neustar is a big player in the domain name registry business, managing the .biz, .co and .us domains as well as many new top level domains. Earlier this year it lost a key contract to manage Australia’s .Au namespace.
Konstantinos Zournas reported this on October 10, 2017 at onlinedomain.com:
“Neustar said that they are working on the whois privacy implementation for .us domain names. That was never allowed up to now, mainly because of the Nexus requirements. Only US residents and US organizations and companies that have a bona fide presence in the United States of America can own a .us domain name.
According to Neustar that has been their biggest policy issue to date. The Council formed subcommittees, solicited public comment and worked with law enforcement (?) and other stakeholders to build a consensus recommendation. It seems that .us whois privacy may be introduced in 2018.”
So far it is almost August 2018 now and still no word. Anyone know anything more?