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INTERNET CORPORATION FOR ASSIGNED NAMES AND NUMBERS | MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

A meeting of the Transition Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was held by teleconference on 29 January 2003. The following Directors of the Corporation were present by telephone: Vint Cerf (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril, Karl Auerbach, Ivan Moura Campos, Lyman Chapin, Jonathan Cohen, Mouhamet Diop, Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Andy Mueller-Maguhn, Jun Murai, Nii Quaynor, Helmut Schink, Francisco A. Jesus Silva, and Linda S. Wilson. Directors Sang-Hyon Kyong and Alejandro Pisanty joined the call while it was in progress. Also present on the teleconference were Mike Roberts (member of the Executive Search Committee) and Christopher Mill (the executive recruiter retained by ICANN).

The meeting was called to order by Vint Cerf at 12:39 UTC. Lyman Chapin was appointed to act as secretary for the meeting.

CEO Search

Noting that this meeting was concerned with the personnel matter of interviewing the final candidates for ICANN CEO, Dr. Cerf reminded the participants of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of the discussions.

The Board conducted telephone interviews of each of the candidates on its focused list. In each case, the candidate joined the call, and Dr. Cerf sequentially presented to the candidate the eight questions agreed upon by the Board at its meeting on 23 January 2003 (these are included in the minutes of the 23 January meeting). This question-and-answer period was followed by an opportunity for members of the Board to ask additional questions, and for the candidate to respond. Prior to the conclusion of each interview, the candidate was offered the opportunity to add additional comments to what had been said previously, and then left the call prior to the arrival of the next candidate.

Near the end of the interviews, Jun Murai left the meeting.

Before beginning a detailed discussion of the candidates, the Chair conducted a straw poll to determine whether or not a consensus already existed for a single candidate. The results showed that such a consensus did not exist. A lengthy discussion ensued, at the end of which (with directors Helmut Schink and Nii Quaynor, in addition to Jun Murai, now absent) the Chair conducted another poll, which showed the Board closely divided between two of the candidates. Noting this lack of consensus, the Chair proposed to schedule another Board meeting at which the discussion could continue. This proposal was approved by the Board.

The meeting was adjourned at 17:32 UTC.

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Lyman Chapin
Secretary for the Meeting

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Louis Touton
ICANN Secretary

Domain Name System
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