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Michael Riedl Named CEO at CentralNic, James Iles Joins Godaddy and Andrew Rosener Repeats as Escrow.com's Top Broker 

A new week begins with some some familiar industry names in the news. Today CentralNic announced Michael Riedl has become their new CEO, replacing Ben Crawford who has overseen a tremendous growth spurt at the company since first taking the role in 2009. In the 13 years since then CentralNic's revenue has grown from $2 million to $700 million with a string of acquisitions fueling the surge. Mr. Crawford is also retiring from the Board. 

Michael Riedl has served as CentralNic's Chief Financial Officer since February of 2019. Chairman Iain McDonald noted, "Michael has brought a wealth of industry experience and excellent strategic and leadership skills to CentralNic, and I am delighted that he will be our new chief executive officer. He has impressed the board with the impact he has made over the last four years, where he has brought clarity, structure and focus, with the combination of skills and experience to lead the business through its next strategic phase."  With Michael's move up, Group Financial Director William Green will become the new CFO. 

Michael Riedl
CentralNic CEO

James Iles, GoDaddy
Domain Name Industry
Community Manager

GoDaddy has created a new Domain Name Industry Community Manager position and selected prolific writer James Iles to fill that role. James has his own blog at JamesNames.com and has also been a frequent contributor to NamePros, MediaOptions, DomainSherpa and DomainNameWire

Iles explained his reasons for accepting the GoDaddy offer in a post on his blog Friday (December 9). In it he noted, "Domain investors likely interact with GoDaddy every day. Whether that is buying domains through closeouts and auctions or managing domain sales on Afternic. Despite this, domain investors have had no specific point of contact within GoDaddy to help with issues, provide information and insight, or give feedback to help improve products. My role with GoDaddy will hopefully provide a bridge between the company and the domain industry."

For any GoDaddy related questions, suggestions or information you can email James at [email protected]

Escrow.com has announced their annual Master of Domains list for 2022. The honor roll recognizes the top ten domain name brokers based on the total dollar volume of transactions they closed on the Escrow.com platform. At first glance, when you see Andrew Rosener's name and photo associated with the top spot on the  MOD list you might think it is old news. That's because the MediaOptions CEO was number 1 in 2021...also in 2020...and, oh yes, 2019 too. Yes, he did it again in 2022, making it four in a row! The competition was not easy either as you can see from the names on the complete list. If this was a baseball team, every one of them would be an all-star:

1. Andrew Rosener
   (Media Options)
6. Ryan McKegney
2. Todd Reum
7. Hobi Michalec
(Lumis Group)
3. Cameron Gordon
Josh Bourne 
   (Digital DNA)
8. Stephen Miholovich
   (Name Arena)
4. Jeffrey Gabriel
9. Joe Uddeme
   (Name Experts)
5. Mark Daniel
   (Domain Holdings)
10. Brian Harbin
   (Grit Brokerage)

Andrew Rosener
CEO, MediaOptions.com
(Parent company, DomainX)

(Posted December 12, 2022)   


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