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Bob Gilbert has resigned as chairman of Nominet, the non-profit company in charge of the .uk domain registry, it was announced today.

The retired commercial solicitor is stepping down after almost five years in the job, which attracted an £80,000 salary in 2008. He was brought in as an internet industry outsider as Nominet rapidly expanded.

Gilbert's departure follows two years of turmoil over Nominet's governance, which has resulted in new legislation that it's planned will allow ministers to take control if they believe it is not acting in the interests of all UK internet users.

The firm's members - the registrars who sell .uk addresses - recently agreed to proposals by Gilbert and other senior management to change its constitution to try to avoid such intervention.

Gilbert said today: "Having successfully updated Nominet's constitution, a time consuming exercise for all involved, it is now time for the company to move into its next phase of development under new leadership."

Nominet's chief executive Lesley Cowley wished him well. Gordon Dick, current deputy chairman, will take the chair until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Emily Taylor, Nominet's long-serving legal and policy director, also recently resigned, just before Christmas. ®

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