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ICANN Board Leadership


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Sat, 23 Sep 2017
Resolution Number: 
2017.09.23.02-A
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the current Chair of the ICANN Board will be departing from the Board at the close of ICANN's Annual Meeting in November 2017.

Whereas, the ICANN Board as a whole has discussed and considered the succession of the Board's leadership, including during the Board's September 2017 workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Whereas, all current and incoming members of the Board had an opportunity to participate in the discussion of the Board's future leadership, and have indicated support for the future election of [REDACTED]. The Board followed the process as documented at https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/informing-leadership-slate-p... [PDF, 44 KB].

Whereas, the formal election of the next Chair and Vice-Chair of ICANN will be a matter for consideration of the ICANN Board seated after the close of ICANN's Annual Meeting in November 2017 (ICANN 60). As in prior years, the newly seated ICANN Board will convene an Organizational Meeting for the purposes of electing the Chair and Vice-Chair, identifying the Board Committee compositions, and other regular organizational items.

Resolved (2017.09.23.02-A), the Board agrees that the Chair should provide a communication summarizing the workshop, including the Board leadership selections identified for inclusion in the slate to be considered and voted on at ICANN 60.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The Board is taking this action today to support transparency and to demonstrate its commitment to a well-supported transfer of responsibilities in leading the Board. After six years under the same Chair, advance planning for the transfer of those responsibilities will help support continuity in ICANN's service of its mission. The public interest is served through the advance announcement of the future leadership slate, as it provides predictability and stability to the entirety of ICANN (the Community, Board and Organization) and assurance that the Board continues to focus its energies on its strategic and oversight roles.

In identifying the future leadership, the Board included all members that will be eligible to vote on the leadership slate at ICANN 60, and followed its documented process that is available at https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/informing-leadership-slate-p... [PDF, 44 KB]. The current Chair, Steve Crocker, will remain as Chair until the end of his term, and the current Vice-Chair, Cherine Chalaby, will remain in that role until the end of the Annual Meeting held at ICANN60. The new leadership of the Board will be subject to consideration and vote at the Organizational Meeting convened at the end of ICANN 60.

There are no anticipated impacts on ICANN's resources as a result of this action. In addition, there is not anticipated impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the Internet's DNS.

This is an Organization Administrative Action for which no public comment is required.