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ICANN Resolutions » PTI Governance Items – Appointment of PTI President; Appointment of PTI Board Directors

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PTI Governance Items – Appointment of PTI President; Appointment of PTI Board Directors


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Resolution Number: 
2017.12.13.02 – 2017.12.13.06
Resolution Text: 

Annual Meeting of the Member

Resolved (2017.12.13.02), the ICANN Board confirms that this meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Member of Public Technical Identifiers ("PTI").

PTI President

Whereas, pursuant to Section 7.2 of the PTI Bylaws, ICANN as the sole member is authorized to appoint a President of PTI.

Resolved (2017.12.13.03), the ICANN Board, in its role as sole member of PTI, hereby appoints Kim Davies as the President of PTI, effective 1 January 2018. Elise Gerich will remain as the President of PTI through 31 December 2017.

PTI Board – Directors

Whereas, ICANN, in its role as sole member of PTI, has the obligation to appoint all members of the PTI Board in accordance with Article 5 of the PTI Bylaws.

Whereas, the PTI Bylaws, at Section 5.2.1, authorizes the PTI Board to have five Directors.

Whereas, ICANN, as the sole member of PTI, must appoint four Directors to the PTI Board, with two Directors being employees of ICANN or PTI, and two Directors being the candidates identified by the ICANN Nominating Committee, pursuant to Sections 5.5.1.1-5.5.1.4 of the PTI Bylaws.

Whereas, ICANN, as the sole member of PTI, must appoint the President of PTI to the PTI Board. Kim Davies has been appointed as President of PTI.

Whereas, the ICANN Nominating Committee announced its selection of Lise Katrine Fuhr to serve in Seat 1 of the PTI Board (a two-year term) and Wei Wang to serve in Seat 2 of the PTI Board (a three-year term).

Whereas, ICANN organization recommends that Akram Atallah, ICANN's President, Global Domains Division serve in Seat 3 of the PTI Board (a two-year term) and David Conrad, ICANN's Chief Technology Officer, serve in Seat 3 of the PTI Board (a three-year term), as the two Directors that are employees of ICANN or PTI.

Resolved (2017.12.13.04), ICANN, in its role as sole member of PTI, appoints:

Lise Fuhr to Seat 1 of the PTI Board, with a term ending in accordance with Section 5.5.1.1 of the PTI Bylaws;

Wei Wang to Seat 2 of the PTI Board, with a term ending in accordance with Section 5.5.1.2 of the PTI Bylaws;

Akram Atallah to Seat 3 of the PTI Board, with a term ending in accordance with Section 5.5.1.3 of the PTI Bylaws;

David Conrad to Seat 4 of the PTI Board, with a term ending in accordance with Section 5.5.1.4 of the PTI Bylaws; and

Elise Gerich is appointed as a Director of PTI with a term to coincide with her service as President of PTI. Effective 1 January 2018, Kim Davies will be appointed as a Director of PTI with a term to coincide with his service as President of PTI.

Thanks to Departing Directors

Resolved (2017.12.13.05), the ICANN Board thanks Elise Gerich for her service as the first PTI President and as a member of the PTI Board. The ICANN Board wishes her well in her future endeavors.

Resolved (2017.12.13.06), the ICANN Board thanks Jonathan Robinson for his service as an Initial Director on the PTI Board, including his service as the first Chair of PTI of the Board. The ICANN Board wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Rationale for Resolution: 

The resolutions taken here today fulfill ICANN's responsibility, as the sole member of PTI, to elect the President of PTI and appoint Directors to the Board, completing the initial terms required for the first year following the IANA stewardship transition. The appointment of the PTI Board (including the PTI President) will allow the PTI Board to continue its work. The new PTI President will begin in his role on 1 January 2018.

The appointment of the PTI President and Board are taken fully in line with the obligations as set forth in the PTI Bylaws, and respectful of the community's recommendations of the proposed composition of the Board.

These actions confirm ICANN's continued commitment to its Bylaws as adopted on 1 October 2016 and ICANN's obligations surrounding the performance of the IANA Functions that are contracted to PTI. This also directly serves ICANN's mission to ensure the stable and secure operations of the Internet's unique identifiers, and serves the public interest in the continued stable performance of the IANA Functions.

None of the actions taken today are anticipated to have any impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the DNS, though PTI is essential to ICANN's security, stability and resiliency work. There are resource implications in supporting PTI, which are reflected in the PTI, IANA and ICANN Budgets.

The appointment of the PTI President and the appointment of the PTI Board are Organizational Administrative Functions for which public comments were not necessary.