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IBM Distinquished Engineer Brian Carpenter to Chair IETF

Internet Society (
Thu, 3 Mar 2005 11:47:31 +0100

Former Chairman of the Internet Society to lead Internet standards body

Reston, VA - 3rd March 2005 - The Internet Society (ISOC) today
announced that the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has confirmed IBM
Distinguished Engineer Brian E. Carpenter to be the next Chair of the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF, which has provided
leadership in the development of Internet standards for nearly 20
years, is a large open international community of network designers,
operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of
the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet.

Brian Carpenter is among the industry's most respected Internet
computer scientists and a former Chair of the Internet Architecture
Board. He is renowned for Internet standards and technology

Carpenter will also chair the Internet Engineering Steering Group
(IESG), the body responsible for managing the Internet standards
process, including the final approval of specifications as Internet
standards. IESG is composed of the IETF area directors that coordinate
the worldwide activities of over 100 technical working groups.

"The IETF has consistently shown how open consensus-based processes
can work to define the technical foundation and stability of the
Internet infrastructure," said Carpenter. "My goal as IETF Chair is
that these processes continue to improve, in collaboration with other
standards bodies, so as to extend the level playing field of open
standards in the interests of the whole Internet community."

Carpenter takes over from outgoing IETF Chair Harald Alvestrand during
the 62nd IETF meeting to be held 6th to 11th March in Minneapolis,
MN. "I am happy to leave the great work of leading the IETF in Brian's
capable hands, and will enjoy seeing the IETF develop further under
his leadership," said Alvestrand.

"Brian's unrivalled experience coupled with the enormous respect he
commands amongst the Internet commmunity make him an ideal choice for
the position of IETF Chair," said Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of
the Internet Society which serves as the organizational home of the

An IBM Distinguished Engineer in the area of Internet Standards and
Technology, Carpenter is currently based in Switzerland, working on
networking and Grid technology. From 1999 to 2001 he was at iCAIR, the
international Center for Advanced Internet Research, sponsored by IBM
at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Before joining IBM, he led the networking group at CERN, the European
Laboratory for Particle Physics, in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1985 to
1996. This followed ten years' experience in software for process
control systems at CERN, which was interrupted by three years teaching
undergraduate computer science at Massey University in New Zealand.

He holds a first degree in physics and a Ph.D. in computer science,
and is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a member of the IBM Academy of
Technology. He is an active participant in the 6NET project, in the
Global Grid Forum, and in the Internet Engineering Task Force, where
he has worked on IPv6 and on Differentiated Services. He is also
working with the CERN Openlab for Datagrid Applications. He served
from March 1994 to March 2002 on the Internet Architecture Board,
which he chaired for five years. He also served as a Trustee of the
Internet Society, and was Chairman of its Board of Trustees for two
years until June 2002.


The Internet Society ( is a not-for-profit membership
organization that provides leadership in Internet related standards,
education, and policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva,
Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development,
evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout
the world. ISOC is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) and other Internet-related bodies who together play
a critical role in ensuring that the Internet develops in a stable and
open manner. For over 13 years ISOC has run international network
training programs for developing countries and these have played a
vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in
virtually every country connecting to the Internet during this time.


Internet Society:

Peter Godwin
Communications Manager, Internet Society

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1205 Geneva

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