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Minutes | Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board

An Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held publically in Hyderabad, India on 8 November 2016 at 09:00 local time.

Steve Crocker, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to the Chair, the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Maarten Botterman, Becky Burr, Cherine Chalaby (Vice Chair), Ron da Silva, Chris Disspain, Asha Hemrajani, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Khaled Koubaa, Markus Kummer, Akinori Maemura, Göran Marby (President and CEO), George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, and Lousewies van der Laan.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), Kaveh Ranjbar (RSSAC Liaison), Thomas Schneider (GAC Liaison), and Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison).

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary).

  1. Main Agenda
    1. Election of ICANN Board Chair
    2. Election of ICANN Board Vice Chair
    3. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees
    4. Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group
    5. Board IDN Variant Working Group
    6. Board Working Group on Registration Directory Services
    7. Board Working Group on Internet Governance
    8. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN
    9. Confirmation of President of PTI
  1. Main Agenda

    Steve Crocker introduced the initial meeting of the new Board and asked for Cherine Chalaby to assume leadership of the meeting for the first item.

    1. Election of ICANN Board Chair

      Cherine Chalaby introduced the agenda item. Lousewies van der Laan moved and Asha Hemrajani seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2016.11.08.26), Steve Crocker is elected as Chairman of the Board.

      All members of the Board approved of Resolution 2016.11.08.26 by acclamation. The Resolution carried.

    2. Election of ICANN Board Vice Chair

      Lousewies van der Laan introduced the agenda item. Rinalia Abdul Rahim moved and Khaled Koubaa seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2016.11.08.27), Cherine Chalaby is elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board.

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.27. The Resolution carried.

    3. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees

      The Chair of the Board Governance Committee, Chris Disspain, introduced the agenda item and read the proposed slate of members to serve on various Board Committees.

      Chris Disspain moved and Ram Mohan seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action: 

      Resolved (2016.11.08.28), membership of the following Board Committees is established as follows:

      Audit
      Mike Silber (Chair)
      Steve Crocker
      Ron da Silva
      Chris Disspain
      Lousewies van der Laan

      Compensation
      George Sadowsky (Chair)
      Steve Crocker
      Chris Disspain
      Ram Mohan (Liaison)
      Jonne Soininen (Liaison)

      Executive
      Steve Crocker (Chair)
      Cherine Chalaby
      Chris Disspain
      Göran Marby

      Finance
      Asha Hemrajani (Chair)
      Ron da Silva (Vice-Chair)
      Becky Burr
      Cherine Chalaby
      Markus Kummer
      George Sadowsky
      Lousewies van der Laan

      Governance
      Chris Disspain (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Cherine Chalaby
      Asha Hemrajani
      Markus Kummer
      Ram Mohan (Liaison)
      Mike Silber

      Organizational Effectiveness
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim (Chair)
      Khaled Koubaa (Vice-Chair)
      Rafael “Lito” Ibarra
      Markus Kummer
      George Sadowsky

      Risk
      Ram Mohan (Liaison) (Co-Chair)
      Mike Silber (Co-Chair)
      Maarten Botterman
      Rafael “Lito” Ibarra
      Akinori Maemura
      Kaveh Ranjbar (Liaison)
      Jonne Soininen (Liaison)

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.28. The Resolution carried.

    4. Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group

      Markus Kummer, Co-Chair (from the Board) of the Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group, introduced the agenda item and read the proposed slate of Board members to serve on the Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group.

      Markus Kummer moved and Mike Silber seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action: 

      Resolved (2016.11.08.29), membership of the Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group is established as follows:

      Markus Kummer (Co-Chair from the Board)
      Maarten Botterman
      Chris Disspain
      Ram Mohan (Liaison)
      Mike Silber
      Lousewies van der Laan

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.29. The Resolution carried.

    5. Board IDN Variant Working Group

      Ram Mohan, Chair of the Board IDN Variant Working Group, introduced the agenda item and read the proposed slate of Board members to serve on the Working Group.  

      Chris Disspain moved and George Sadowsky seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action: 

      Resolved (2016.11.08.30), membership of the Board IDN Variant Working Group is established as follows:

      Ram Mohan (Liaison) (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Khaled Koubaa
      Akinori Maemura
      Kaveh Ranjbar (Liaison)
      Jonne Soininen (Liaison)

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.30. The Resolution carried.

    6. Board Working Group on Registration Directory Services

      Chris Disspain, Chair of the Board Working Group on Registration Directory Services, introduced the agenda item and read the proposed slate of Board members to serve on the Working Group. 

      Chris Disspain moved and Khaled Koubaa seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action: 

      Resolved (2016.11.08.31), membership of the Board Working Group on Registration Directory Services is established as follows:

      Chris Disspain (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Cherine Chalaby
      Steve Crocker
      Markus Kummer
      Akinori Maemura
      Kaveh Ranjbar (Liaison)

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.31. The Resolution carried.

    7. Board Working Group on Internet Governance

      Markus Kummer, Chair of the Board Working Group on Internet Governance, introduced the agenda item and noted that the Working Group was established earlier this year. He read the proposed slate of Board members to serve on the Working Group.

      Lito Ibarra moved and George Sadowsky seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action: 

      Resolved (2016.11.08.32), membership of the Board Working Group on Internet Governance is established as follows:

      Markus Kummer (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Ron da Silva
      Chris Disspain
      Rafael “Lito” Ibarra
      Khaled Koubaa
      George Sadowsky
      Lousewies van der Laan

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.32. The Resolution carried.

    8. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN

      Steve Crocker introduced the agenda item and took note of the corporate and Bylaws requirements to appoint various persons as officers of ICANN. He read the proposed slate of Officers of ICANN.

      Steve Crocker moved and George Sadowsky seconded the proposed resolutions. The Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2016.11.08.33), Göran Marby is elected as President and Chief Executive Officer.

      Resolved (2016.11.08.34), John Jeffrey is elected as General Counsel and Secretary.

      Resolved (2016.11.08.35), Xavier Calvez is elected as Chief Financial Officer.

      Resolved (2016.11.08.36), Akram Atallah is elected as President, Global Domains Division.

      Resolved (2016.11.08.37), Susanna Bennett is elected as Chief Operating Officer.

      Resolved (2016.11.08.38), David Olive is elected as Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support & General Manager, ICANN Regional Headquarters – Istanbul

      Resolved (2016.11.08.39), Ashwin Rangan is elected as Senior Vice President Engineering & Chief Information Officer. 

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolutions 2016.11.08.33 – 2016.11.08.39. The Resolutions carried.

    9. Confirmation of President of PTI

      Steve Crocker introduced the agenda item and commented that because of the IANA stewardship transition, the Board, as the member of Public Technical Identifiers, needed to elect a President of Public Technical Identifiers.

      Steve Crocker moved and Ron da Silva seconded the proposed resolution. The Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2016.11.08.40), in its role as the Member of Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), the ICANN Board elects Elise Gerich as President, PTI.

      All members of the Board voted in favor of Resolution 2016.11.08.40. The Resolution carried.

The Chair called the meeting to a close.

Published on 14 December 2016

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