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CEO Comments on Strategic Plan

ICANN Strategic Plan July 2010 – June 2013 [PDF, 947 KB]

The ICANN meeting in Seoul was my first meeting as CEO, and coincided with the kickoff of the ICANN Strategic planning process, an essential basis for ICANN’s operational and budget planning process. Based on my experience with other organizations and Boards, I was interested in taking the planning processes of past years, and evolving it into an approach that identified key strategic focus areas that captured ICANN’s mission and mandate, namely:

  • DNS stability and security;
  • Consumer choice, competition and innovation;
  • IANA and core operations and
  • A healthy Internet eco-system.

These four focus areas were the building blocks used to identify strategic objectives, key strategic projects and perhaps most importantly, the tremendous community and staff work that will be undertaken in the next few years.

Underlying these four strategic areas are key values, or enablers, that cut across all of ICANN’s work. These are essential to ICANN succeeding in all of its challenges, and an important reflection of the principles by which the organization operates. These are:

  • Multi-stakeholder;
  • Collaborative;
  • International;
  • Transparent;
  • Accountable.

In developing the plan we used the traditional stakeholder engagement processes and also added online survey tools, which allowed community members from around the world to vote on proposed strategic plan items during the live sessions in Seoul.

I would like to personally thank all of you who contributed to this year’s Strategic planning process. Your input and engagement is an important part of ensuring that the organization’s future truly reflects a bottom up, multi-stakeholder process. We look forward to your input to the implementation of the Strategic plan into the operational planning and budget preparations.

Warmly,

Rod

Rod Beckstrom
CEO and President
ICANN
22 February 2010

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