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-third 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.
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 Registry has been providing back-end registry platforms and management services for over twenty-three 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 ten years.
Centralnic Registry’s Executive Operations Team comprises some of the most experienced and well-regarded domain name professionals in the industry, including:
Under Ben Crawford’s leadership, CentralNic has 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.
Raedene has been practicing law for over 20 years having been called to the English Bar in 1995. She is an expert in Registry and ICANN policy, and spent 16 years working with the Lao PDR government in relation to the .LA ccTLD as an appointed Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office. More recently she has undertaken policy work on behalf of other ccTLD and gTLD operators.
Gavin has worked at CentralNic Registry since 2001, becoming Chief Technology Officer in 2005 and Chief Innovation Officer in 2019. He is a highly respected figure in the domain industry and has authored a number of EPP protocols, been published in several professional technical journals, as well as participating in a number of technical public policy and advocacy groups.
Andy defines and manages the introduction of new products and services to CentralNic Registry. 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.
Stuart is a highly experienced domain services professional, joining CentralNic Registry in 2017 after eleven years at a global domain name registrar, corporate domain name management and brand protection firm. Stuart has significant experience at both the policy and operational level and has written a number of widely read industry white papers.
Nathan has been working in the registry side of the domain name industry since 2013 where he has co-created the architecture of a registry system Nathan’s vibrant energy and people skills has helped CentralNic’s technical operations and support teams become the most respected in the industry.
Oliver has been Registry Product Manager since March 2018. His strong industry knowledge and hands on experience with the registrar business puts his in the best position to spearhead the vision and strategic technical direction for the Registry. He brings with him more than 20 years of engineering leadership, and technology strategy in several technology companies like KSregistry and Key-Systems.
Esther has been working in the domain name industry for over a decade and brings a wealth of experience working on the various registry, registrar, and retail facets of the industry. Joining CentralNic in 2015, Esther is the Project and Relationship Manager for registries 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 on the core registry product.