Today, ICANN is opening up a public comment forum on proposed Bylaws amendments to allow for remuneration of the Chair of the Board.
On 25 June 2010, the Board approved the posting of proposed Bylaws amendments for public comment. The proposed amendments would allow the Chair of the ICANN Board to receive remuneration for service to the organization. Currently, the Bylaws do not allow the Chair or any member of the Board to receive compensation for services as directors.
The Board Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee have both engaged in substantial work on the issue of providing remuneration to the Chair of the Board. After consideration of comparability data and advice from an international consulting firm, the Compensation Committee recommended that the Board consider compensating the chair of the ICANN Board. In order to proceed with consideration of the topic, the Board directed staff to post the revisions to the Bylaws to allow for compensation, and then the Board will reconsider the matter after taking public comments into account.
No member of the Board participating in the deliberations or voting on the issue was determined to have a conflict. The Board Chair did not participate in the deliberations or voting on this issue.
The relevant portion of the proposed Bylaws revisions, in redline for ease of review, can be found at http://www.icann.org/en/general/proposed-bylaws-revision-vi-22-25jun10-en.pdf [PDF, 48 KB].
Deadline and How to Submit Comments:
ICANN is opening a 30-day public comment, from 12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (19:00 UTC) on 6 July 2010 through 11:59 a.m. Pacific Daylight time (18:59 UTC) on 5 August 2010.
The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here: http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201008-en.htm#bylaws-amend-chair-comp
To Submit Comments: email@example.com
To View Comments: http://forum.icann.org/lists/bylaws-amend-chair-comp/
Staff Responsible: Amy Stathos, Deputy General Counsel, ICANN