InternetNZ Group Chief Executive Appointment

InternetNZ Group Chief Executive Appointment

Wellington - 30 November 2017

The InternetNZ Council recently involved staff and stakeholders of the InternetNZ Group, including InternetNZ, NZRS and the Domain Name Commission in a robust appraisal of the group’s organisational structure, and whether it is fit for purpose going forward.

As a result, changes were identified to integrate and streamline the group and a rollout plan for those changes agreed. One of the first changes to action was the selection and appointment of an InternetNZ Group Chief Executive to lead the newly integrated organisation.

Council, led by the Appointment Panel, engaged JacksonStone to conduct a thorough external and internal selection process.

Council are now delighted to announce the appointment of Jordan Carter. Carter has been Chief Executive of InternetNZ since 2013 and will commence the new Group Chief Executive Officer role on 15 January 2018.

Jamie Baddeley, President of InternetNZ said “Jordan was chosen for this critical new role due to his ability to distil complex ideas so that anyone can understand what is important and what should be done. He will build on the strengths we have across the group, to deliver more for the New Zealand Internet community and to face the inevitable challenges the Internet faces. He is a leader who brings people together to get things done, and that collaborative approach is important to us and our community.

“Council is looking forward to Jordan successfully bringing the organisation closer together and realising the untapped synergies and areas of specialism that exist within the high performing staff of InternetNZ and NZRS, and building a stronger collaborative working relationship with an independent Domain Name Commission.”

“As a result of that Council is expecting the organisation as a whole to be more effective in delivering on the objectives of the incorporated society and expects no compromises on the delivery of the .NZ domain name system. Carter has outlined a plan which will see InternetNZ even more in touch with the needs of the local internet community and making sure what we do aligns with that.”

Jamie Baddeley said that he was pleased with the process the organisation followed to get to this point and Council is very happy with the plan that was agreed following an inclusive and open process with staff and stakeholders. He added that Council is looking forward to Jordan Carter delivering bigger and better outcomes in a more integrated operating environment and wishes Jordan every success.

Jordan Carter said “I am delighted to have the chance to serve InternetNZ in this role. Bringing InternetNZ and NZRS together and implementing the changes set out in the Organisational Review is a significant challenge. I’ll be talking with staff and stakeholders informally over the next few weeks and look forward to setting out my plans in the New Year.”

“The work InternetNZ does for New Zealand is very important, and as the Internet plays a bigger role in all our lives, that won’t change. Our voice is an important one and the services we offer are important for Kiwis who want to make the most of a free and open Internet,” Carter said.

Details regarding the organisational review and decision can be found here:


About InternetNZ

InternetNZ believes in a better world through a better Internet.

We promote the Internet's benefits. We protect its potential. And we focus on advancing an open and uncapturable Internet for our country.

We provide a voice for the Internet in New Zealand and work on behalf of all Internet users across the country.

We are the designated manager for the .nz Internet domain and represent New Zealand at a global level.

We provide community funding to promote Internet research, and work hard to bring the Internet community together at events like NetHui to share wisdom and best practice on the state of the Internet.

We promote our vision for the Internet to industry leaders and the rest of New Zealand, in order to shape what New Zealand’s Internet might look like in the future.

The InternetNZ group comprises three organisations: InternetNZ, NZRS Ltd and the Domain Name Commission Ltd.Our vision is for a better world through a better Internet. Organisational changes agreed earlier this year will see NZRS and InternetNZ coming together in 2018, and changes to the role of Domain Name Commission Ltd.

About Jordan Carter

Jordan Carter is an Internet policy and domain industry specialist. He has been Chief Executive of InternetNZ since 2013 and prior to that worked in a range of Internet policy roles. Of particular interest to him is the role of the Internet in New Zealand’s economic development, and global Internet policy making systems. He holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from Victoria University of Wellington.