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ICANN 2013 Nominating Committee Announces Selections

The 2013 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for nine leadership positions within ICANN, listed below for each ICANN body, in alphabetical order by family name:

ICANN Board of Directors

Cherine Chalaby, Africa

Bruno Lanvin, Europe

Erika Mann, Europe


Rafid Fatani, Asia/Australia/Pacific Islands

Beran Dondeh Gillen, Africa

Leon Sanchez, Latin America/Caribbean Islands

GNSO Council

Daniel Reed (Non-Contracted Party House)

Thomas Rickert (Contracted Party House)

ccNSO Council

Celia Lerman – Latin America/Caribbean Islands

Those selected will take up their positions after the end of ICANN's Annual General Meeting, which will take place during the ICANN Public meeting scheduled for November 17-21, 2013, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The NomCom is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The NomCom is mandated to ensure that overall ICANN's leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective. The basic criteria is that selectees are people of integrity, objectivity and sound judgment, can support decision-making within groups, can work effectively in English, have an understanding of ICANN's mission and operation, are committed to its success, experienced in world affairs, contribute to cultural, professional and geographic expertise, and can work long and hard as volunteers in the global public trust.

Balancing Confidentiality with Transparency

Discussing the 2013 Nominating Committee results, Yrjö Länsipuro, the Chair of the 2013 NomCom, shared the following:

I am very happy to report that the 2013 NomCom reached a unanimous decision about the entire slate of selectees at our meeting in Durban, South Africa, immediately after the 47th ICANN meeting in that city.

There were 110 candidates, a record number reached only once before (2003). This number reflects a growing interest for ICANN leadership positions, and also the strong outreach efforts by the 2013 NomCom.  I want to thank all candidates and encourage those whom we could not select this time, to keep up their interest in ICANN.

The 2013 NomCom was committed to striking a new balance between the imperative for confidentiality and protecting the privacy of the candidates, with the need to ensure that the NomCom processes are up to ICANN standards of openness and transparency. Accordingly, while maintaining strict confidentiality of candidate specific information, we held NomCom meetings in Beijing and Durban that were open to all community members, both in person and online. We also issued monthly progress report cards of our work to all constituencies and stakeholder groups represented on the committee.

Last but not least, I want to thank all NomCom members, and ICANN staff supporting the NomCom, for their commitment to a year of very hard work and carrying it through with persistence, in a cooperative, constructive and collegial spirit.

Regional Breakdown

As noted above, the 2013 NomCom received 110 Statements of Interest from candidates all over the world (27 female and 83 male), during its open nomination period from 7 November 2012 to 15 May 2013. The regional breakdown of this year's candidates is:

  • 12 from Africa
  • 29 from Asia/Australia/Pacific
  • 33 from Europe
  • 18 from Latin America/Caribbean
  • 18 from North America

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