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Preliminary Report | Organizational Meeting of the Board of Directors | Singapore

[Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the ICANN Board]

Note: This has not been approved by the Board and does not constitute minutes but does provide a preliminary attempt setting forth the reporting of the resolutions from that meeting. Details on voting and abstentions will be provided in the Board's Minutes, when approved by the board at a future meeting.

An Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held on 24 June 2011 in Singapore, convening immediately upon the adjournment of the Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors.

Steve Crocker called the meeting to order.

In addition to Steve Crocker the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Rod Beckstrom (President and CEO), Sébastien Bachollet, Cherine Chalaby, Bertrand de la Chapelle, Chris Disspain, Bill Graham, Erika Mann, Gonzalo Navarro, Raymond A. Plzak, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, George Sadowsky, Mike Silber, Bruce Tonkin, Katim Touray, and Kuo-Wei Wu.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Heather Dryden, GAC Liaison; Ram Mohan, SSAC Liaison; Thomas Narten, IETF Liaison; Reinhard Scholl, TLG Liaison; and Suzanne Woolf, RSSAC Liaison.

This is a preliminary report of the approved resolutions resulting from the Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors, which took place 24 June 2011.

  1. Election of Board Chairman
  2. Election of Board Vice Chairman
  3. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees
  4. Entry on the IANA Special People Numbers Registry
  1. Election of Board Chairman

  2. Bruce Tonkin, as Chair of the Board Governance Committee, introduced the resolution by noting the additional transparency in the process of the selection of the Board Chair, and recognized that all three candidates for the position were worthy of consideration. Bruce presented the resolution, and the Board then took the following action:

    Whereas, pursuant to the Board’s adopted process, nominations for Board Chair were closed at the beginning of the Board workshop on 22 June 2011.

    Whereas, the following Board members were identified as candidates for Board Chair: S ébastien Bachollet, Cherine Chalaby and Steve Crocker.

    Whereas, the candidates for Board Chair made presentations to the Board.

    Whereas, the Board then participated in a written straw poll by secret ballot, the results of which were used to inform the Board Governance Committee’s (BGC) slate for Board Chair that the BGC presented to the Board for approval.

    Whereas, the BGC has recommended that the Board elect Steve Crocker as the Chairman of the Board.

    Resolved (2011.06.24.29), Steve Crocker is elected as Chairman of the Board.

    All Board members present unanimously approved of Resolution 2011.06.24.28.

  3. Election of Board Vice Chairman

  4. After presentation of the resolution by the Chair, Steve Crocker, the Board then took the following action:

    Whereas, pursuant to the Board’s adopted process, nominations for Vice Chair were closed at the beginning of the Board workshop on 22 June 2011.

    Whereas, the following Board members were identified as candidates for Board Vice Chair: S ébastien Bachollet, Ray Plzak and Bruce Tonkin.

    Whereas, the candidates for Board Vice Chair made presentations to the Board.

    Whereas, the Board then participated in a written straw poll by secret ballot, the results of which were used to inform the Board Governance Committee’s (BGC) slate for Board Vice Chair that the BGC presented to the Board for approval.

    Whereas, the BGC has recommended that the Board elect Bruce Tonkin as the Vice Chairman of the Board.

    Resolved (2011.06.24.30), Bruce Tonkin is elected as Vice Chairman of the Board.

    All Board members present unanimously approved of Resolution 2011.06.24.30.

  5. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees

  6. After presentation of the resolution by Bruce Tonkin, and a discussion of the Board’s consideration of succession planning, the Board took the following action:

    Resolved (2011.06.24.31), membership of the Board committees is established as follows until the Annual General meeting:

    • Audit
      • Erika Mann (Chair)
      • Steve Crocker
      • Gonzalo Navarro
    • Compensation
      • Bruce Tonkin (Chair)
      • Steve Crocker
      • Rajasekhar Ramaraj
    • Executive
      • Steve Crocker (Chair)
      • Rod Beckstrom
      • Cherine Chalaby
      • Bruce Tonkin
    • Finance
      • Cherine Chalaby (Chair)
      • S ébastien Bachollet
      • Rajasekhar Ramaraj
      • George Sadowsky
    • Governance
      • Bruce Tonkin (Chair)
      • Cherine Chalaby
      • Bill Graham
      • Ram Mohan (Liaison)
      • Ray Plzak
      • Rajasekhar Ramaraj
    • Global Relations
      • Gonzalo Navarro (Chair)
      • Chris Disspain
      • Erika Mann
      • George Sadowsky
      • Katim Touray
      • Kuo-Wei Wu
    • IANA
      • Kuo-Wei Wu (Chair)
      • Bertrand de La Chapelle
      • Thomas Narten (Liaison)
      • Ray Plzak
      • Katim Touray
      • Suzanne Woolf (Liaison)
    • Public Participation
      • Mike Silber (Chair)
      • S ébastien Bachollet
      • Thomas Narten (Liaison)
      • Gonzalo Navarro
      • Katim Touray
      • Kuo-Wei Wu
    • Risk
      • Steve Crocker (Chair)
      • Rajasekhar Ramaraj
      • Mike Silber
      • Bruce Tonkin
      • Suzanne Woolf (Liaison)
    • Structural Improvements
      • Ray Plzak (Chair)
      • Bertrand de La Chapelle
      • George Sadowsky
      • Reinhard Scholl (Liaison)
      • Mike Silber

    Fifteen Board members approved of Resolution 2011.06.24.31. One Board member was opposed to the Resolution. The Resolution carried.

    Katim Touray provided a statement regarding his opposition to the resolution and the manner of selection of the slate.

    The Chair made a brief statement on the work ahead for the organization, as well as the constructive process used to identify the Board leadership, led by the Board Governance Committee.

    Sébastien Bachollet made a brief statement commemorating the beginning of his full term as the Director selected by the At-Large Community as well as his candidacy for Board leadership positions. Sébastien confirmed his support for the Chair. Sébastien also noted his formal appointment to the Board of the International Foundation for Online Responsibility, the sponsoring organization for the .XXX sTLD.

    Cherine Chalaby congratulated the Chair on his appointment and expressed his support in the work ahead.

    The CEO congratulated the Chair and Vice Chair and welcomed the incoming directors.

  7. Entry on the IANA Special People Numbers Registry

  8. After the Chair presented the resolution, the Board took the following action:

    Whereas, Peter Dengate Thrush, served as the Chairman of the ICANN Board of Directors from November 2007 through June 2011.

    Whereas, we thank Peter Dengate Thrush for his leadership, dedication and significant accomplishments as the Chairman of the ICANN Board of Directors.

    Resolved (2011.06.24.32), the Board requests that Peter Dengate Thrush be inducted as entry number 11 on the IANA Special People Numbers Registry (SPNR) <http://www.iana.org/assignments/special-registry/> as follows:

    IANA Special People Numbers Registry (SPNR)

    Number Name
    0 Reserved
    1 Jon Postel
    2 Joyce K Reynolds
    3 Bob Braden
    4 Louis Touton
    5 Daniel Karrenberg
    6 Stephen Crocker
    7 Scott Bradner
    8 Stephen Wolff
    9 Vint G. Cerf
    10 Paul Twomey
    11 Peter Dengate Thrush

    All Board members present unanimously approved of Resolution 2011.06.24.32, by acclamation.

    The Chair called the meeting to a close.

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