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Application Deadline Extended for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions

LOS ANGELES – 7 February 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Nominating Committee (NomCom) has extended its application deadline for ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) leadership positions. The new deadline is Tuesday, 25 February 2020 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

The NomCom is accepting applications and recommendations for the following positions:

  • Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
  • Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region.
  • One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

Application Deadline and Process

Candidates must submit applications through the online candidate portal.

For full consideration, the NomCom must receive applications by 25 February 2020, 23:59 UTC. There will be no grace period for candidates to complete their application forms through the online candidate portal. Candidate applications that remain incomplete at the end of this period will not be considered.

Candidates will receive an automated email from either no-reply@email.zenginehq.com or no-reply@webportalapp.com after creating an account. In addition, candidates can contact NomCom Operations staff at nomcom2020@icann.org if there are any questions.

All applications are confidential. Selections are expected to be announced by August 2020. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held during ICANN69, which runs from 17-22 October 2020.

Meetings, Travel, Reimbursement, and Compensation

These positions require regular participation in teleconferences and may involve significant international travel, including to ICANN's three annual Public Meetings. Meetings will be held in Hamburg, Germany (17-22 October 2020); Cancún, Mexico (20-25 March 2021); The Hague, Netherlands (14-17 June 2021); and Seattle, United States (23-28 October 2021).

Reasonable direct and properly documented expenses incurred in the course of service will be reimbursed.

Each ICANN Board member has the option to receive compensation in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board on 30 July 2014, but it is not required. (See Board Member Compensation.)

For More Information

Learn more by visiting the 2020 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email nomcom2020@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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