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Officer Compensation


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 22 Oct 2020
Resolution Number: 
2020.10.22.02
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, it is essential to ICANN's operations that ICANN offers competitive compensation packages for its personnel.

Whereas, independent market data provided by outside expert compensation consultants indicates that current and proposed increases to compensation amounts for the SVP, Policy Development Support, and the SVP, Engineering & Chief Information Officer are either below or within ICANN's target of the 50th to 75th percentile for total cash compensation based on comparable market data for the respective positions.

Whereas, the Compensation Committee has recommended that the Board approve the proposed Board resolutions set out below.

Whereas, each Board member has confirmed that they are not conflicted with respect to compensation packages for any of ICANN's Officers.

Resolved (2020.10.22.02), the Board grants the President and CEO discretion to adjust the compensation for FY21, effective 1 July 2020, of: (i) Ashwin Rangan, the SVP Engineering & Chief Information Officer; and (ii) David Olive, SVP, Policy Development Support; in accordance with the independent study on comparable compensation, subject to a limitation that their annual base salaries shall not increase by more than 3% for FY21 from their current rates.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The goal of the organization's compensation program is to provide a competitive compensation package. The organization's general compensation philosophy is to pay base salaries within a range of the 50th – 75th percentile of the market for a particular position.

Each of the Officers at issue in this resolution resides in the United States, with one residing in the greater Los Angeles area and the other one in the District of Columbia. As of August 2020, the U.S. inflation rate was reported as 1.3%, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the commonly accepted metric for cost-of-living increases, increased in the greater Los Angeles area by 2% and increased in the District of Columbia by 1.6%.

Compensation survey data1 indicated that the general market 50th percentile of merit budget for 2020 is 3.0%. ICANN's FY21 (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021) budget for all ICANN personnel Annual Compensation Merit Review was 3%. In addition, actual merit and salary increase results data shows that in general, companies and organizations have provided a 3% merit increase and overall 3.3% salary increase in 2020.

Based upon the above economic and compensation data, considering the quality performances of the Officers, and all of the activities and initiatives set out in the Five-Year Strategic and Operating plan calling for continued quality senior leadership, it is necessary for the Officers' compensation to be reviewed and aligned with the market.

ICANN's President and CEO has requested that he be granted the discretion to increase the FY21 base salaries of: (i) the SVP, Engineering & Chief Information Officer; and (ii) the SVP, Policy Development Support by up to 3% of their current base salaries. The President and CEO has also informed the Board that he intends to also exercise the same discretion with respect to the other members of ICANN's Executive Team who are not Officers (which does not require Board approval). As set forth in the comparable information provided by ICANN's expert compensation consultants, the requested increases for each of the Officers listed here fall slightly below or within or the established remuneration practices of the organization. The Board agrees with the President and CEO's Recommendations.

The salary adjustments provided under this resolution will assist these Officers and the organization in fulfilling its mission and in ensuring ICANN acts in the public interest.

There will be some fiscal impact to the organization, but that impact has been anticipated within the FY21 budget. This resolution will not have any direct impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

This is an Organizational Administrative function that does not require public comment.