2009 Nomination Period Opens For ICANN Leadership Positions

ICANN logoICANN’s Nominating Committee invites Statements of Interest and candidate recommendations from the Internet community as it seeks qualified candidates to assist in ICANN’s technical and policy coordination role. Interested individuals are invited to submit a Statement of Interest to the 2009 Committee for the following positions:

  • Three members of the ICANN Board of Directors
  • Three At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific and Latin America & Caribbean regions)
  • Two members of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

ICANN’s Nominating Committee (Nom Com) is an independent committee tasked with selecting a majority of the members of ICANN’s Board of Directors and other positions within ICANN’s Supporting Organisations. ICANN is an internationally organised, public benefit, non-profit corporation dedicated to: preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet; promoting competition; achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and supporting the development of policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

Individuals selected by the Nominating Committee will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address the Internet’s intriguing technical coordination problems and policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.

Those selected will gain the satisfaction of making a valuable public service contribution towards the continued function and evolution of an essential global resource. Considering the broad public interest, nominees will work to achieve the goals towards which ICANN is dedicated in order to facilitate the Internet’s critically important societal functions.

Current Board members who have been selected by the Nominating Committee include: Harald Tveit Alvastrand, Steve Crocker, Roberto Gaetano, Steven Goldstein, Dennis Jennings, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, Jean-Jacques Subrenat and Katim Touray (see, http://www.icann.org/en/general/board.html).

Statements of Interest for the positions described above can be submitted through nomcom2009@icann.org.

More information regarding the Nominating Committee can be found at http://nomcom.icann.org. Applications will be considered confidentially and should be received by 15 April 2009 for full consideration. Selections will be announced in early September 2009. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN’s Annual Meeting in October 2009.

Candidate recommendations, questions or comments may also be emailed to ICANN at nomcom2009@icann.org.

Background:

The Nominating Committee is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organisations, and Advisory Committees. Nominating Committee members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

Nominating Committee members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.

The challenge for the Nominating Committee is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organisations and other ICANN entities, individual Nominating Committee members are not accountable to their appointing constituencies.

Members are, of course, accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the Nominating Committee.

Successful candidates are not remunerated, although direct expenses incurred in the course of duty will be reimbursed. These positions may involve significant international travel, including personal presence at periodic ICANN meetings, as well as regular telephone and Internet communications.

Recent ICANN Meetings have been held in Canada, New Zealand, Morocco, Brazil, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the United States, India, France and Egypt. Meetings during 2009 are scheduled for Mexico City, Mexico, Sydney, Australia, Seoul, Korea. The diverse locations facilitate participation across the world’s Internet community.

This ICANN announcement was sourced from icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02dec08-en.htm.