Management

The senior management team leads Public Interest Registry and represents three departments – Law & Policy, Marketing and Finance/Operations.

Office of the CEO

brian_cute_thumbBrian Cute – CEO
Brian assumed this leadership position as CEO of Public Interest Registry in 2011, backed by more than 13 years of experience in the Internet and communications industry.

Prior to joining Public Interest Registry, Mr. Cute served as Vice President of discovery services for Afilias, the world’s leading provider of Internet infrastructure solutions and registry systems provider to Public Interest Registry for the .org domain. His experience within the domain name system (DNS) runs deep, having had management positions in both a leading domain name registrar, Network Solutions, as Director of Policy, and a leading registry, VeriSign, as Vice President of government relations. He is an active participant in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) community and has twice served as Chair of the ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team.

Law & Policy

Paul Diaz, Vice President, PolicyPaul Diaz – Vice President, Policy
Mr. Diaz brings nearly two decades of policy development and analysis experience to the Public Interest Registry policy team. Prior to joining Public Interest Registry Mr. Diaz spent over 12 years as Senior Policy Manager for Network Solutions, where he led policy development and compliance initiatives that impacted the company’s corporate objectives as they related to new TLDs, ICANN consensus policies and industry regulations. During his tenure, Mr. Diaz was also instrumental in acting as the company’s voice of governmental advocacy through presenting various issues to Congress and Executive branch agencies.

David Maher, Senior Vice President, Law & Policy
David Maher – Senior VP, Law & Policy
Mr. Maher serves as the lead in advocating policies that support and strengthen and Public Interest Registry community. He brings over 40 years of experience in law and policy. From 1999 until 2002, he served as vice president for public policy of the Internet Society. In 2002, he became a member of the founding board of .org and served as chairman until August 2004.

Elizabeth Finberg
Elizabeth Finberg – Vice President and General Counsel
Ms. Finberg brings nearly two decades of experience as a commercial litigator and problem solver. Prior to joining Public Interest Registry, she represented large, small and medium business, as well as individuals in federal and state courts throughout the country in complex commercial cases involving antitrust, banking, employment, securities, and IP related issues. She is a former delegate to the Virginia State Bar for the 19th Judicial Circuit and a devoted advocate for integrity and civility in the legal profession.

Finance & Operations


Marc Saitta, Chief Financial Officer
Marc leads Public Interest Registry’s financial and operational procedures with extensive experience in developing and executing financial strategies to optimize growth and enhance operational execution.

Previously, Saitta served as chief financial officer for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. During his five-year tenure at AAMVA, he led all financial strategy on behalf of the $40-plus million association, including developing a comprehensive member rebate strategy, diversifying revenue streams, improving governance and compliance practices, and strengthening human resources, resulting in millions of dollars in savings. He previously served in executive financial roles at Hanley Wood, Vois Inc., Smithsonian Business Ventures, America Online and Ogden Corporation. Saitta is a native of northern VA/DC metro area and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Sales & Marketing

Dave Stewart, VP Sales and Marketing
With extensive experience in global technologies and the domain name industry, Dave Stewart works hands on with our marketing, sales, product and strategy functions, helping to expand our organisation’s international presence, as well as grow the market share for .org, the IDN TLDs, and upcoming .ngo and .ong domains.

Most recently, Mr. Stewart served as vice president for strategic partnerships at Verisign where he was responsible for account management, channel marketing and business development. During his 10 years at Verisign, he helped champion the .com and .net brands across a global distribution channel of over 900 partners with 100,000-plus resellers, generating over $900 million in revenue. He previously spent eight years at Concert Communications, a joint venture between AT&T and British Telecom after starting his career at KPMG in Perth, Australia. A native of Australia, Mr. Stewart holds a bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Western Australia.