Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes 24 March 2014

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Ram Mohan, Raymond Plzak, and Bruce Tonkin – Chair

Other Board Member Attendees: Steve Crocker

Staff Attendees: Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Samantha Eisner, and Amy Stathos

The following is a summary of discussion, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Committees of the ICANN Board of Directors – The BGC discussed the proposed improvements to the present committee structure of the ICANN Board. Board Committees do the work of the Board, not the work of the organization. They are formed when mandated by statutes or when it is determined that a more focused approach is needed for a particular area. The BGC discussed that Board committees report to the Board and are accountable to the Board to help it carry out its work of governance such as financial and legal oversight, CEO oversight, board oversight, or program oversight. Operational committees do the work of ICANN, the organization. They are formed by the CEO to help the CEO and senior staff in the operations of ICANN. While Board members may participate in operational committees, the Board does not form these committees. The committee discussed the need and appropriateness of the continued existence of certain Board committees that were created to address specific issue(s). The BGC further discussed if some of these committees should be disbanded altogether, or phased out over time.
    • Actions:
      • BGC member to revise the proposal to reflect the discussions and to inform further discussions.
  2. Reconsideration Request 13-2 – (The following members excused themselves from this discussion: Bruce Tonkin, Ram Mohan, and Bertrand de La Chapelle.) The BGC reviewed and discussed Reconsideration Request 13-2, which was submitted by Nameshop, through Sivasubramanian Muthusamy. The BGC concluded that Nameshop has not stated proper grounds for reconsideration, and therefore recommended that Nameshop's Request be denied without further consideration. The BGC passed a motion adopting the recommendation that Reconsideration Request 13-2 be denied and recommending that the New gTLD Program Committee adopt the BGC's recommendation.
    • Actions:
      • Staff to post BGC's recommendation and notify Requestor it and of next steps.

    Staff to present BGC recommendation to New gTLD Program Committee for consideration.

Published on 21 May 2014