20(a) Provide the name and full description of the community that the applicant is committing to serve
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The Ikano community derives from the service company Ikano S.A. based in Luxembourg. The Ikano community members are Ikano S.A. and its affiliated companies globally which are directly or indirectly owned by Ikano S.A. by at least 50% of the share capital. The definition of “affiliate” is used according to the ICANN specification in the ICANN New gTLD Registry Agreement, section 2.9. c: Afiliate being a person or entity that, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the person or entity specified.
Ikano S.A. and thereby the community has been founded according to the company register on 16 April 1988. The duration of the Company is not restricted to a certain period.
Ikano S.A. is an international, family owned group of companies. Ikano was established in 1988 and develops, owns and manages companies in the areas of asset management, finance, insurance, real estate and retail. The company operates in 17 countries in Europe, Asia and the USA and employs close to 3,000 people.
The Company has its registered office and principal place of business in Luxembourg. The object of the company is to develop and own companies within financial services, insurance, real estate and retail.
Ikano was originally a part of the home furnishing company IKEA. IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden, in 1943. In 1988, Ikano became an independent group of companies, owned by the Kamprad family. While Ikano’s first experience was gained from working with IKEA, and IKEA is still a very important business partner for Ikano, Ikano has since then developed their own identity and numerous other businesses.
“Ikano S.A. is committed to do business on fair terms. We constantly review our own way of working and our solutions with our partners, customers and employees. The reason for this is that we are in business for the long run and we are seeking long-lasting relationships, which includes the operation of our own top-level domain.”
Being on fair terms is essential for building strong relationships, creating value and for growing a business. We live the promise – on fair terms – because we know that the quality and reputation of a company is determined by the promise made and the promise kept.
Ikano S.A. is led by Birger Lund as the Chief Executive Officer. The Ikano Management Board is comprised of Birger Lund, Mats Hakansson and Tomas Wittbjer. The Ikano Supervisory Board is comprised of Birger Lund,Mathias Kamprad, Jonas Kamprad, Peter Kamprad, Hakan Thylen, Bjoern Bayley, Per Ludvigsson, Per Karlsson and Jens Engwall.
The Ikano Community is structured as a group of companies with locations in Europe, Asia and the USA which all are directly or indirectly owned by Ikano S.A. by at least 50% of the share capital. Ikano S.A. is headquartered in Luxembourg. The business areas Finance and Real Estate are based in Lund, Sweden, while the business area Retail Asia is based in Singapore. Ikano S.A. has operations in Austria, Curacao, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and U.S.A..
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