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Updated 1 March 2010

ICANN's Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites Statements of Interest and candidate recommendations from the Internet community for key leadership positions to fulfill ICANN's technical and policy coordination role. Interested individuals are invited to submit a Statement of Interest to the 2010 NomCom for the following positions:

  • Three members of the Board of Directors of ICANN
  • Two At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) representatives (one each from the European and North American regions)
  • One member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • One member of the Council of the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO)

The NomCom is an independent committee tasked with selecting a majority of the members of the Board of Directors and other key positions within ICANN's structure. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit, non-profit corporation dedicated to: preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet; promoting competition; achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and supporting the development of policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

Individuals selected by NomCom will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address the Internet's intriguing technical coordination problems and policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.

Those selected will gain the satisfaction of making a valuable public service contribution towards the continued function and evolution of an essential global resource. Considering the broad public interest, those selected will work to achieve the goals towards which ICANN is dedicated in order to facilitate the Internet's critically important societal functions.

Current Board members who have been selected by the NomCom include: Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Steve Crocker, Dennis Jennings, Gonzalo Navarro, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, George Sadowsky, Jean-Jacques Subrenat and Katim Touray.

Statements of Interest for the positions described above can be submitted through an on-line application form at http://forms.icann.org/cgi/soi.cgi or by contacting nomcom2010@icann.org.

More information regarding the NomCom can be found at http://nomcom.icann.org/. Applications will be considered in confidence and should be received by 2 April 2010 for full consideration. Selections will be announced in early September 2010. Successful candidates will take up their positions following ICANN's Annual Meeting in December 2010.

Candidate recommendations, questions or comments may also be emailed to nomcom2010@icann.org .

A NomCom Workshop will be held at the 37th ICANN Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 March 2010. More opportunities to meet NomCom members in person are announced on the NomCom webpage; http://nomcom.icann.org/

Background on Nominating Committee:

The Nominating Committee is designed to function independently from the ICANN Board, Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees. NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and responsibilities assigned to it by the ICANN Bylaws.

NomCom members contribute understanding of the broad interests of the Internet community as a whole, and knowledge and experience of specific Internet constituencies who have appointed them.

The challenge for the NomCom is to integrate these perspectives and derive consensus in its selections. Although appointed by Supporting Organizations and other ICANN entities, individual NomCom members are not accountable to their appointing constituencies.

Members are accountable for adherence to the ICANN Bylaws and for compliance with the rules and procedures established by the Nominating Committee.

Successful candidates are not remunerated, although direct expenses incurred in the course of duty will be reimbursed. Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions. These positions may involve significant international travel, including personal presence at periodic ICANN meetings, as well as regular telephone and Internet communications.

Recent ICANN Meetings have been held in Brazil, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the United States, India, France, Egypt, Mexico, Australia and South Korea. Meetings during 2010 are scheduled for Nairobi in Kenya, Brussels in Belgium and Latin America. The diverse locations facilitate participation across the world's Internet community; an aspect of growing importance as ICANN's recently signed Affirmation of Commitments emphasizes ICANN's accountability to the community.


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