ICANN, the organization responsible since 1998 for coordinating the global Internet’s Domain Name System and Internet Protocol Parameters, has selected XPLANE to help ICANN communicate its role and responsibility within the global Internet governance ecosystem.

“This is an exciting challenge, to partner with the new leadership at ICANN,” commented Patrick Dodson, senior vice president of business development at XPLANE. “It’s both flattering and humbling that the incoming CEO, a long time admirer of XPLANE’s work, has brought us in to help maintain and build on ICANN’s legacy.”


XPLANE is an award-winning, global business design consultancy that uses a visualization-based, design thinking approach to help organizations innovate and perform better. Our methodology enables organizations to think differently, resulting in practical solutions that achieve better results in less time. Using this approach for the last 20 years, we’ve earned the trust of leading organizations in virtually every industry, including American Express, Proctor and Gamble, The Economist, Gates Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, and the U.S. Marines. We serve our clients from our U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon and from our European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. ICANN promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. It does this through a multi-stakeholder driven, bottom?up, consensus?based policy development process.