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Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting Minutes

BGC Attendees: Cherine Chalaby, Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Bertrand de La Chapelle, Ram Mohan, Ray Plzak, Mike Silber, and Bruce Tonkin – Chair.

Other Board Member Attendees: Sebastian Bachollet, Fadi Chehade – President and CEO; Steve Crocker, Olga Madruga-Forti, and George Sadowsky

Staff Attendees: Susanna Bennett – Chief Operating Officer, John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Samantha Eisner, Elizabeth Le, Karine Perset, and Amy Stathos


  1. Discussion regarding Committees in Advance of Session with Board – The BGC continued its discussion about whether any standing Board committees should be decommissioned. The BGC noted that the reasons that lead to the formation of certain standing Board Committees—namely the IANA Committee, the Public and Stakeholder Engagement Committee ("PSEC"), and the Board Global Relationships Committee ("BGRC")—no longer exist as they did at formation. The areas in which these committees are focused more properly reside with management. The BGC noted that the decommissioning of these committees does not mean that the BGC considers the topics for which these committees of any less import. The BGC made clear that management should continue reporting to the Board about these topics on more regular intervals, and in a more strategic manner. The BGC proposed that issue driven working groups be established to carry forth the Board's participation in certain subject matters, as required. The majority of the BGC members agreed with the approach of recommending that the Board decommission the IANA Committee, PSEC, and BGRC. Bertrand de La Chappelle wanted to ensure that the Board level reporting was sufficiently captured as an action before agreeing to the recommendation.
    • Action:
      • Staff to formulate appropriate resolution and submit to the Board for consideration.

Published on 5 November 2013

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