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ICANN Nominating Committee for 2006 Completes Selections

The ICANN Nominating Committee for 2006 has completed its selections:

The Nominees

ICANN Board of Directors

Roberto Gaetano  (Italy - Europe)
Steven Goldstein  (USA - North America)
Rajasekhar Ramaraj (India - Asia)

Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006 until conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2009

ccNSO Council

J. Beckwith Burr  (USA - North America)

Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006 until conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2009

GNSO Council

Jon Bing  (Norway - Europe)

Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006 until conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2008

Interim At-Large Advisory Committee

Alan Greenberg  (Canada - North America)
Annette Muehlberg  (Germany - Europe)

Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006 until conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2008

The biographies of the Nominees will be posted shortly at <http://icann.orghttp://nomcom.icann.org/candidate-bios-2006.htm>. The 2006 Nominating Committee will also be posting a summary of its work on its web page at <http://nomcom.icann.org/>.

The 2006 Nominating Committee received 90 Statements of Interest, drawn from all five of the geographic regions. The nominees will assume their duties at the conclusion of the ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 8 December 2006.


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