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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Becky Burr, Ron da Silva, León Sánchez, Matthew Shears, and Tripti Sinha (Chair)

BGC Apologies: Ihab Osman and Kaveh Ranjbar

Other Board Member Attendees: Sarah Deutsch and Avri Doria

ICANN Org Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), Samantha Eisner (Deputy General Counsel), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Liz Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Board Operations Senior Manager), Jennifer Scott (Senior Counsel), and Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel)

The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Agenda review and requests to add to Any Other Business (AOB) – The Chair reviewed the meeting agenda. There were no requests to add any other business items.
  2. Review of Prior Action Items – The BGC recapped the action items from the prior meeting and confirmed that the prior action items of scheduling this BGC meeting, updating and launching the Board Self-Evaluation Survey, and publishing the extension to the deadline for the call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) leadership, have been completed.
  3. Discussion on Refining Board Leadership Selection Process – The BGC continued to discuss the current process for Board leadership selection and the potential changes to the current selection process that have been identified by the sub-group working on refining the process and in prior Committee discussions. The Committee discussed possible ways to address the remaining issues that require further discussion. The Committee agreed that all of the identified potential refinements with the Board leadership selection process and the proposed options for addressing them are ready to be presented to the full Board with recommendations and/or for further discussion.

    • Action item: The BGC to inform the Board it is ready to present its recommendations and the issues for further discussion on the proposed refinements to the Board Leadership Selection Process.
  4. Update on 2021 Nominating Committee (NomCom) Leadership Selection – The BGC received and discussed an update from ICANN org on the published Call for Expressions on Interest (EOIs) for the 2021 NomCom leadership and the next steps in the selection process. Specifically, ICANN org informed the BGC of the EOIs received since the deadline for the call for EOI was extended. ICANN org also explained the process for the BGC interviews of candidates that would be conducted before the BGC makes its recommendations to the full Board.

    • Action item: ICANN org to initiate scheduling the BGC's interviews of the candidates for the 2021 NomCom Leadership.

Published on 29 July 2020

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