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Revised Board Governance Committee Practice for Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership


Resolution of the ICANN Board
Meeting Date: 
Thu, 13 Aug 2020
Resolution Number: 
2020.08.13.01
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee Practice for Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership document was previously updated and approved on 23 June 2019.

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee has reviewed and proposed revisions to the previously adopted Board Governance Committee Practice for Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership.

Whereas, the Board Governance Committee recommended that the Board approve the revised Board Governance Committee Practice for Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership.

Resolved (2020.08.13.01), the Board approves the revised Board Governance Committee Practice for Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership.

Rationale for Resolution: 

As part of its responsibilities, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) is tasked with creating and recommending to the full Board for approval a slate of nominees for Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, and chair and membership of each Board Committee, including filling any vacancies which may occur in these positions during the year. (See BGC Charter, § II.C.)

In this role, the BGC recommended, and the Board agrees, that Board approve revisions to the Board Governance Committee Practice for Board Engagement in Developing Slate for Board Leadership, which was previously updated and approved on 23 June 2019, to make enhancements to the current slating practices to further promote transparency around the selection process. Mainly, the revisions provide that all candidates may remain in the room when other candidates make their presentations as well as during deliberations. This change is to help ensure that candidates benefit from hearing each other's positions and will have the opportunity to respond to them during deliberations.

The action is consistent with ICANN's mission and is in the public interest as it is important to ensure that procedures for Board Committee and leadership selection are up to date and reflect current practices. This decision will have no direct fiscal impact on the organization and no impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

This is an Organizational Administrative Function that does not require Public Comment.