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Minutes – Board Risk Committee (RC) Meeting

RC Attendees: Steve Crocker (Chair), Rajasekhar Ramaraj, Mike Silber, Bruce Tonkin and Suzanne Woolf.

Other Board Attendees: Bertrand de La Chapelle and Ram Mohan (attended in part)

Staff Attendees: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; John Jeffrey – General Counsel and Secretary; Samantha Eisner, Patrick Jones, Diane Schroeder, Ken Shiu, and Amy Stathos.


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

  1. Minutes – Reviewed and approved minutes from RC meeting held on 17 February 2010.

  2. Re-assessment of Enterprise Risk Management – Staff provided a presentation of the results of management's re-assessment of the corporation's risk identification process, and comparison of prior year's identification and assessment efforts. The RC suggested modifications to the report and the inclusion of qualitative metrics to supplement the reassessment work, as well as the need to better scale the assessment. The RC also discussed the use of past experience within the organization to identify additional quantitative measurements to give additional value to the assessment work. The RC suggested that the next step is to provide management's response to the assessment and note what is being done to mitigate the identified risks. Staff noted that the assessment was completed in time to factor in resources to address the identified risks into the proposed FY12 budget. The RC also discussed at what stage it may be feasible to expand the persons contributing to the risk assessment work.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide a report to the RC on the steps taken to manage the identified risks.

      • Staff to condense information into a report on key points, including mitigation/management efforts, for presentation to the Board and to the public.

      • RC member to provide Chair with some points related to risk mitigation as it relates to the New gTLD program, for use in the Chair's committee report in San Francisco.

  3. Project Level Risk Management Update: The RC received a report on the project-level risks related to entering proposed registry agreements. Due to time constraints, the RC deferred discussion of project-level risk management related to the Affirmation of Commitments.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide a report on project-level risk management for presentation to the Board.

  4. Other Business. The RC briefly discussed project-level risk mitigation planning in relationship to the New gTLD program.

    • Action:

      • Staff to provide report to the RC on continued risk mitigation efforts relating to the New gTLD program.

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