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Minutes | Board Governance Committee (BGC) Meeting

BGC Attendees: Becky Burr, Sarah Deutsch, Avri Doria, Danko Jevtović, Ihab Osman, León Sánchez and Tripti Sinha (Chair)

Other Board Member Attendees: Maarten Botterman, Manal Ismail, and Patricio Poblete

ICANN org Attendees: Franco Carrasco (Board Operations Specialist), John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary), Vinciane Koenigsfeld (Director Board Operations), Elizabeth Le (Associate General Counsel), Wendy Profit (Board Operations Senior Manager), Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel), and Theresa Swinehart (SVP, Global Domains and Strategy)


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

  1. Agenda review – The Chair opened the meeting and reviewed the meeting agenda.
  2. Review of Past Activities – The Chair stated that the action item from the prior meeting regarding the 2023 Nominating Committee leadership has been completed. The Chair further noted that the action item for ICANN org to prepare materials for the Board's consideration of the revised Board Governance Guidelines is in progress.
  3. Slating Discussion – Board Committees and Other Board Groups - The BGC reviewed the Committee Slating Guidelines for slating of Board Committees and other Board groups. The Guidelines contain guidance on Committee size, number of Committee memberships for each Board member, length of term on a Committee, and length of term for Committee Chairs. The BGC Chair then discussed the membership and leadership of the Board Committees, Board Caucuses, and Board Working Groups, as well as Agenda Block Leads, based upon the Board member's responses from the Board Skills Matrix. The BGC did not complete its slating discussion and agreed to continue the discussion at a further next meeting.
  4. AOB

    • Consideration of Nominating Committee (NomCom) 2023 Leadership – BGC members Sarah Deutsch and Avri Doria recused themselves from the discussion out of an abundance of caution to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. The BGC continued their discussion of the NomCom 2023 Chair and Chair-Elect. Following discussion, the BGC approved a slate for the 2023 NomCom Chair and Chair-Elect to recommend to the Board for approval.

      • Actions: ICANN org to provide relevant Board materials.

Published on 25 July 2022

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