About CentralNic Registry

About CentralNic Registry

Headquartered in London, and with offices across the world, CentralNic Registry is one of the world's leading registry services companies. It develops and licenses its own registry software and operates its own registry platforms. It also enables other registry operators to operate independent platforms (which may be shared or dedicated, hybrid or in-country), and powers a large number of domain extensions including ccTLDs, gTLDs, second-level domain registries (SLDs) and .brand TLDs. CentralNic's flexible approach allows it to configure a solution which matches the needs of the Registry Operator ranging from software-only licence through to complete registry management and distribution.

CentralNic's in-house DNS system, which powers the domain extensions, is a global network of nameservers geographically distributed around the world, which guarantees the stability, security and resilience of the domain names supported by CentralNic. This unmatched system maintained its unblemished record of 100% uptime for the twenty-sixth consecutive year.

CentralNic Registry is a division of CentralNic Group plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CNIC), and is one of the world's leaders in the domain name industry, continuously developing to meet the domain market's evolving challenges and opportunities.

Approach and Values

CentralNic is more than simply a technical service provider. CentralNic's team works closely with registry operators to provide a bespoke service that is tailored to fit their requirements. CentralNic clients get direct access to CentralNic's technical, policy, commercial, marketing and financial teams, and complete visibility on the operation and performance of their TLDs, thanks to CentralNic's open registry platform. This ethos of openness also inspires CentralNic to contribute to open source software development, Internet Protocol standards development (such as at the IETF), and to the ICANN community which decides domain name policies and best practices.

CentralNic is a proud member of the following organisations:
Quoted Companies Alliance
eco: Association of the Internet Industry
Global Cyber Alliance


CentralNic Registry has been providing back-end registry platforms and management services for over twenty-six years. It is truly a global leader. It supports more than half of the top twenty new gTLDs, four of which have more than 1 million domains under management. In addition, CentralNic operates the back-end registries for a number of ccTLDs. CentralNic has also licensed its Registry software to other operators of gTLDs and ccTLDs, wishing to operate their own registries on-premises, for over thirteen years.

Key Personnel

Centralnic Registry's Executive Operations Team comprises some of the most experienced and well-regarded domain name professionals in the industry, including:

Ben Crawford
Benjamin Crawford
Chief Executive Officer

Under Ben Crawford's leadership, CentralNic Group PLC listed on the London Stock Exchange and become the world's highest-ranking provider of registry services for new gTLDs and an industry leader for ccTLDs. Ben is a specialist in global business and corporate development in complex businesses with crucial stakeholder relations requirements.

Gavin Brown
Gavin Brown
Head of Registry Services & Chief Innovation Officer

Gavin joined CentralNic in 2001, became Chief Technology Officer in 2005, Chief Innovation Officer in 2019, and Head of Registry Services in March 2020. He is the author of several RFCs relating to the domain name system, and has participated in a number of public policy groups including ICANN's Technical Study Groups (TSGs).

Kelly Hardy
Kelly Hardy
Head of Policy

Kelly Hardy has been a domain industry consultant for over a decade, specializing in gTLD and ccTLD registries, registrars and internet infrastructure. She heads up CentralNic's Policy Consultancy, helping both ccTLD and gTLD registry partners with policy issues including launch processes, rights protection, eligibility, dispute resolution and more. She also represents CentralNic and its clients at ICANN, IGF, and other Interner Governance venues.

Matt Shooman
Matt Shooman
Head of Sales

As CentralNic Registry's Head of Sales, Matt brings over a decade of experience in infrastructure, DNS, TLD and registry services. Before joining CentralNic Matt worked at a backend registry and infrastructure provider where he headed up the DNS and device intelligence product suite sales teams, and previously spent seven years at one of the world's largest DNS companies in various capacities from channel/reseller manager, TLD specialist and a number of direct sales roles.

Nathan Van Overloop
Nathan Van Overloop
Head of Service Delivery

Nathan has worked in the domain name industry since joining OpenRegistry (acquired in 2017 by KeyDrive S.A., which was itself acquired by CentralNic in 2018) in 2013, where he co-created OpenRegistry's registry architecture. Nathan's vibrant energy and people skills has helped CentralNic's technical operations and support teams become the most respected in the industry.

Andy Churley
Andy Churley
Head of Marketing

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the domain name industry, Andy previously held senior roles in product and marketing at a number of Global Registries, Registrars and has developed online brand protection, registrar and registry systems.

Esther Carneiro
Esther Carneiro
Product Manager

Esther brings over a decade of experience of the various registry, registrar, and retail facets of the industry. She is the Product Manager for CentralNic Registry and oversees all migration and on-boarding projects, along with TLD launches. She has successfully migrated over 60 TLDs onto CentralNic's platform and is focused on delivering value to customers through key enhancements to the core registry product.

Company Information

CentralNic Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 4985780. Its VAT registration number is 190030448.