Thomas Schneider appointed Vice-Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications

Biel/Bienne, 23.01.2017 - Thomas Schneider will head the International Relations Service of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications OFCOM effective from 1 April 2017. He was appointed to this position, as well as the Vice-Director of the Office, by the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). Thomas Schneider, 44, is currently Deputy Head of OFCOM’s International Relations Service.

Thomas Schneider joined OFCOM in 2003 where he coordinated Switzerland’s activities and positions in relation to the World Summit on the Information Society of the United Nations (WSIS) and internet governance issues. Over the past ten years he has acted as Chair and Vice Chair of various European and international committees and expert groups responsible for these areas. Since 2014 he chairs the GAC (Governmental Advisory Committee, GAC) of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names), the management company for internet addresses worldwide.

Thomas Schneider holds a Master's degree in history, economics and English. He will succeed Frédéric Riehl, who is retiring.

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