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Apply Now for Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Director Positions: Deadline Is 21 March 2017

The ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) invites interested individuals to submit applications and/or recommend candidates for key positions on PTI's Board of Directors. Selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.

We are inviting applications and recommendations for:

  • Two members of the PTI Board of Directors

The two persons selected by the NomCom will serve alongside three PTI Board members selected by ICANN.

Guided by the broad public interest, those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. They will gain valuable insights and experience from working across boundaries of knowledge, responsibility, culture and geography. They will make a valuable public service contribution toward the functioning and evolution of this essential global resource.


Fluency in English is a requirement for all positions.

NomCom selectees are expected to be knowledgeable about the environment in which ICANN and PTI operate and the technical functions for which ICANN and PTI are responsible.

The persons selected by NomCom as PTI Directors must not be employed by ICANN or PTI.

For information on additional qualifications, skills and time commitments for these positions, visit the NomCom webpage.

Application Deadline and Process

For full consideration, ICANN must receive applications by 21 March 2017, 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

All applications are confidential. Selections will be announced in August or September 2017. Successful candidates will assume their positions after ICANN's Annual General Meeting, to be held from 28 October to 3 November 2017.


Selected PTI Directors will serve without compensation, but can receive reimbursement for travel expenses, where authorized.


The NomCom operates independently from the ICANN Board, the PTI Board, and ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. The functional and geographic diversity and independence of NomCom members enables and encourages it to select persons who are not beholden to any particular interests and are capable of representing the broader view of the Internet community.

NomCom members act only on behalf of the interests of the global Internet community and within the scope of the ICANN mission and the responsibilities assigned to NomCom by the ICANN Bylaws and PTI Bylaws.

The NomCom seeks widespread participation, through submission of suggestions for candidates and Statements of Interest, to find the talent and experience needed for these roles. This process informs the NomCom's decisions and builds the community's confidence and respect for those whom the NomCom selects.

For More Information

Learn more by visiting the 2017 NomCom website. If you have any questions or comments, email

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