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Domain Industry Champion Jeremiah Johnston Leaves COO Role at Sedo to Open His Own Legal Practice - Will Continue as Their General Counsel

While I was away on a trip to the Silicon Valley this past week, Sedo announced that Jeremiah Johnston has stepped down as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Jeremiah, 


Jeremiah Johnston  

who is also an attorney, will be using his e-commerce and intellectual property expertise to launch his own legal practice and will also continue to serve as Sedo’s General Counsel and will remain a close advisor to Sedo management.

I've know Jeremiah for several years now and served with him on the Board of Directors of the Internet Commerce Association (which he leads as the ICA President) so I have had many opportunities to see how he operates personally and professionally. I can tell you he is one of the most impressive people I have met in this business and I have no doubt he will be immensely successful running his own shop, while remaining a huge asset to Sedo in his ongoing role as their General Counsel. 

In announcing Johnston's new venture, Sedo spokesman Daniel Le Ray said, "Since joining Sedo in 2004, Johnston has been instrumental in helping the Company keep a step ahead of the domain

 industry’s ever-changing legal and business landscape. With more than a decade of experience leading Internet-related companies and an academic background focused on international intellectual property, Johnston has helped Sedo identify significant opportunities and risks while championing the growth of the domain industry."

That latter point has been especially important and few people know how much effort Jeremiah put into spreading the word about the value of a good domain name to businesses that want to improve their chances for success online. He has done countless interviews with mainstream business media outlets and in many cases Jeremiah was the person who got those outlets to write about domains in the first place. 

Sedo CEO Tim Schumacher noted, "Jeremiah’s leadership and legal expertise has been a valuable part of establishing Sedo as a trusted partner and advisor in the domain marketplace. We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship and building on the success we have experienced under Jeremiah’s guidance.” 

Johnston himself added this - "With the growing awareness about the importance of domains, the launch of new gTLDs and growing debate over internet regulations, it is an exciting time for IP law. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my work with a company I truly believe in, while taking advantage of an important opportunity to dive more deeply into issues that are affecting the Internet on a much broader scale.”

We certainly wish him the best in his new venture and in his continuing roles with Sedo and the ICA. 

Sedo CEO Tim Schumacher

(Posted Aug. 12, 2011)  

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