Susan Morgan, Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative, will step down from her position at the end of this year. Susan is the first Executive Director of GNI and has led the initiative since 2010, building the organization and extending its influence on freedom of expression and privacy rights on the Internet around the world.

“With her unique combination of tact and tenacity, Susan has made invaluable contributions throughout her time at GNI,” said GNI Independent Chair Mark Stephens. “Her veritable cornucopia of accomplishments range from growing GNI’s network to driving the first independent assessments of Internet companies on free expression and privacy rights. She will be sorely missed and everyone at GNI wishes her the very best.”

Susan said: “Leading GNI at a time when issues of free expression and privacy are making headlines around the world has been a real privilege. I look forward to seeing GNI go from strength to strength in its next stage of development.”

The GNI Board, which consists of representatives from civil society organizations, companies, investors, and academics, will commence the search process for Susan’s successor.