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Call for Expressions of Interest for 2012-2013 NomCom Chair

ICANN is immediately seeking expressions of interest for the 2012-2013 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Chair.

In accordance with ICANN's Bylaws, "[i]t is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair." See Article VII, section 3.4.

But, the current NomCom Chair-Elect chose after the Prague meeting to not stand for NomCom Chair. That is why ICANN is now calling for those interested in serving as Chair of the 2012-2013 Nominating Committee to submit a statement of interest. All individuals who have expressed interest in serving as the Chair-Elect will be directly notified about being considered for Chair. Accordingly, if you have already submitted your statement of interest for Chair-Elect, you need not do so again for the Chair position.

For more information about the NomCom see:

Position Description – Nominating Committee Chair

This position blends time management and negotiation skills with the practical aspects of conducting a world-wide search for individuals to fill various ICANN leadership positions. The NomCom Chair will be called on to schedule, organize and lead numerous in-person and telephonic meetings with a large committee of community members. The NomCom Chair is also responsible for managing the candidate identification and statement of interest process, with other committee members, and for managing the due diligence to be performed on nominated candidates, in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any retained outside firm(s). Throughout all NomCom activities, the Chair is responsible for ensuring that all NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed, and that all required documentation and reports are prepared in a timely fashion and provided to the proper parties as necessary.

Skills and Experience

To properly serve as the NomCom Chair, the selected individual must have:

(i) adequate time available to undertake the role;

(ii) excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 20-21 members;

(iii) a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates;

(iv) experience on or with a Board of Directors of organizations with similar scale, scope and diversity as ICANN;

(v) strong organization and leadership skills;

(vi) ability to remain unbiased;

(vii) no conflicts of interest, and

(viii) a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN Bylaws relating to the NomCom (see

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans and schedules NomCom meetings as required, including ensuring posting schedules for public review. Please see attached for a Listing of the NomCom activities.

  2. Appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired.

  3. Reports to ICANN Board and the community on status of the NomCom.

  4. Prepares and publishes the NomCom report.

  5. Ensures that NomCom operating rules and procedures are followed.

  6. Manages NomCom Selection Process, including:

    (a) Approves outreach/advertising methods for attracting candidates.

    (b) Conducts outreach with ICANN Constituencies, ACs and SOs (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and others.

    (c) With other committee members, reviews and evaluates candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during NomCom process

    (d) Coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN's General Counsel and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities.

  7. Approves posting of NomCom announcements and schedules on ICANN website.

  8. Ensures NomCom records are properly established, maintained and archived.

Eligibility Exclusion

No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair or Chair-Elect.


All reasonable travel expenses and administrative costs incurred as a result of performing the duties as NomCom Chair or Chair-Elect in accordance with ICANN's policies will be reimbursed by ICANN upon the Chair or Chair-Elect's submission to ICANN of valid receipts and invoices.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest, which will be maintained as confidential, should be sent to no later than 4 September 2012.

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