.ORG CEO is Recognized as one of Greater Washington’s Thought Leaders by Washington SmartCEO Magazine 

Reston, VA- February 20, 2009- .ORG, The Public Interest Registry (www.pir.org) is proud to announce that CEO Alexa Raad has been named to the Washington SmartCEO magazine’s 2009 Smart100 program, an exclusive group of 100 CEO’s assembled by an independent selection committee selected for his or her Leadership, Strategic Vision, and Character. 

Under Raad’s leadership, PIR has grown in its number of domain name registrations and has advanced through strategic initiatives which increase security and access.  These initiatives include leading the implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) as well as the creation of a cross-industry group dedicated to solving issues related to malware, phishing, and other aspects of Internet security risk and fraud.  Valuable resources have been launched for the .ORG community including the .ORG Resource Center, a revised .ORG web presence blogging center, and communications through social media channels, such as Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter

"It is wonderful to be selected as one of this year’s Smart100 CEOs", said Raad. "To be listed alongside some of the Washington area’s most innovative leaders and companies is an honor, however the real recognition belongs to my team at PIR who work diligently to promote and further the interests of the .ORG community."  

As a Smart100 CEO, Raad will be profiled in the 100-page annual supplement which will debut as the 13th issue of SmartCEO this spring.  The Smart100 CEOs will also be listed on www.smartceo.com. The Smart100 companies represent a variety of industries including government contracting, information technology consulting, travel services, financial services, and video production. The average Smart100 company employs between 10 to 100 employees and generates $10-$50 million in revenue.  

About .ORG, The Public Interest Registry 
Trusted across all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, .ORG is where people turn to find credible information, get involved, fund causes and support advocacy.  .ORG, The Public Interest Registry empowers the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively and, concurrently, takes a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and related issues.  The .ORG domain is the Internet’s third largest "generic" or non-country specific top-level domain with more than 7 million domain names registered worldwide.  .ORG, The Public Interest Registry, was founded by the Internet Society in 2002. It is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

About Washington SmartCEO 

Washington SmartCEO magazine is a regional "growing company" publication. SmartCEO believes that a "growing company" is really determined by the spirit, drive and dynamics of a company’s owners and managers, rather than by the size of its building, the number of its employees, or its sales volume. Each month, a variety of businesses in the greater Washington and greater Baltimore areas turn to the pages of SmartCEO for features, case-study advice and trend analysis, all with a uniquely local flavor. SmartCEO is read by more than 34,000 business owners in Baltimore and Washington. 

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