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ICANN Quarterly Stakeholder Report - Register for the Q2 Call on 29 January 2015

Why this matters

The Quarterly Stakeholder Reports have been set up to enhance ICANN’s accountability and transparency efforts by making it easy to follow ICANN’s progress toward fulfilling its mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

ICANN has announced that the FY15 Q2 Stakeholder Report will take place on 29 January at 14:00 UTC. The report will detail how ICANN has progressed against its strategic and operating plans for the quarter ending 31 December 2014.

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The call is open to all, including press, and there will be ample time for questions and answers (Q&A).

More information

Presentation slides will be available for viewing prior to the call, starting 28 January. To view them, please visit the reporting page on the ICANN website by clicking here.

You can also find other useful recourses and background information on this page, and both the transcript and a recording of the call will be posted here shortly after.

These calls have been set up to enhance ICANN's accountability and transparency efforts by making it easy to follow ICANN's progress toward fulfilling its mission of keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

Agenda

10 min President's Overview
Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO
10 min Policy Update
David Olive, VP Policy Development Support
15 min Management Update
Sally Costerton, Sr. Advisor to President, GSE
10 min Finance Update
Xavier Calvez, CFO
30 min Q&A
All

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