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Preliminary Report | Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board

[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 unapproved 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.

NOTE ON ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED WITHIN PRELIMINARY REPORT — ON RATIONALES — Where available, a draft Rationale for each of the Board's actions is presented under the associated Resolution. A draft Rationale is not final until approved with the minutes of the Board meeting.

An Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held in Los Angeles, California on 16 October 2014 at 6:30 pm local time.

Steve Crocker, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order.

The following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Asha Hemrajani, Cherine Chalaby, Fadi Chehadé (President and CEO), Chris Disspain, Markus Kummer, Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Bruce Tonkin (Vice Chair), Mike Silber, Gonzalo Navarro, George Sadowsky, Erika Mann, Ray Plzak, Rinalia Abdul Rahim, and Kuo-Wei Wu. 

The following Directors sent their apologies: Bruno Lanvin.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Thomas Schneider (GAC Liaison), Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison), and Suzanne Woolf (RSSAC Liaison).

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary)

This is a preliminary report of the approved resolutions resulting from the Organizational Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors, which took place on 16 October 2014.

  1. Main Agenda
    1. Election of ICANN Board Chair
    2. Election of ICANN Board Vice Chair
    3. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees
    4. Board Appointments to the Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group
    5. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN

 

  1. Main Agenda

    The Chair introduced the initial meeting of the new Board and asked for Bruce Tonkin to assume leadership of the meeting for the first item.

    1. Election of ICANN Board Chair

      Bruce Tonkin moved and Cherine Chalaby seconded the following and the Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2014.10.16.21), Steve Crocker is elected as Chairman of the Board.

      Fifteen members of the Board approved of Resolution 2014.10.16.21 by acclamation. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolution. The Resolution carried.

    2. Election of ICANN Board Vice Chair

      The Chair resumed leadership of the meeting. The Chair then called for a vote and the Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2014.10.16.22), Bruce Tonkin is elected as Vice-Chairman of the Board.

      Fifteen members of the Board approved of Resolution 2014.10.16.22 by acclamation. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolution. The Resolution carried.

    3. Appointment of Membership of Board Committees

      Bruce Tonkin introduced the agenda item and listed the new membership of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, the New gTLD Program Committee, the Risk Committee, and the Structural Improvements Committee. Bruce moved and Steve Crocker seconded the following and the Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2014.10.16.23), membership of the following Board Committees is established as follows:

      Audit
      Erika Mann (Chair)
      Steve Crocker
      Raymond Plzak
      George Sadowsky

      Compensation
      George Sadowsky (Chair)
      Crocker
      Erika Mann
      Bruce Tonkin
      Ram Mohan (Liaison)

      Executive
      Steve Crocker (Chair)
      Cherine Chalaby
      Fadi Chehadé
      Bruce Tonkin

      Finance
      Cherine Chalaby (Chair)
      Chris Disspain
      Asha Hemrajani
      Bruno Lanvin
      Gonzalo Navarro

      Governance
      Chris Disspain (Chair)
      Cherine Chalaby
      Erika Mann
      Gonzalo Navarro
      Mike Silber
      Bruce Tonkin
      Suzanne Woolf (Liaison)

      New gTLD Program Committee
      Cherine Chalaby (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Fadi Chehadé
      Steve Crocker
      Chris Disspain
      Asha Hemrajani
      Markus Kummer
      Bruno Lanvin
      Erika Mann
      Gonzalo Navarro
      Raymond Plzak
      George Sadowsky
      Mike Silber
      Thomas Schneider (Liaison)
      Kuo-Wei Wu

      Risk
      Ram Mohan (Liaison) (co-chair)
      Silber (co-chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Kuo-Wei Wu
      Jonne Soininen (Liaison)
      Suzanne Woolf (Liaison)

      Structural Improvements
      Raymond Plzak (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Wolfgang Kleinwächter
      Markus Kummer
      Bruno Lanvin
      Kuo-Wei Wu

      Fifteen members of the Board approved of Resolution 2014.10.16.23 by acclamation. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolution. The Resolution carried.

    4. Appointments to Board Working Groups

      Bruce Tonkin introduced the agenda item and listed the new membership of the Board/GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group and the Board IDN Variants Working Group. Bruce moved and Steve Crocker seconded the following and the Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2014.10.16.24), membership of the following Board Working Groups is established as follows:

      Board/GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group
      Gonzalo Navarro (co-chair)
      Chris Disspain
      Markus Kummer
      Erika Mann
      Mike Silber
      Ram Mohan (Liaison)

      Board IDN Variants Working Group
      Ram Mohan (Liaison) (Chair)
      Rinalia Abdul Rahim
      Kuo-Wei Wu
      Jonne Soininen (Liaison)
      Suzanne Woolf (Liaison)

      Fifteen members of the Board approved of Resolution 2014.10.16.24 by acclamation. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolution. The Resolution carried.

    5. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN

      The Chair introduced the agenda item and listed the ICANN officers for confirmation. Steve Crocker moved and Cherine Chalaby seconded the following and the Board took the following action:

      Resolved (2014.10.16.25), Fadi Chehadé is elected as President and Chief Executive Officer.

      Resolved (2014.10.16.26), John Jeffrey is elected as General Counsel and Secretary.

      Resolved (2014.10.16.27), Xavier Calvez is elected as Chief Financial Officer.

      Resolved (2014.10.16.28), Akram Atallah is elected as President, Global Domains Division.

      Resolved (2014.10.16.29), Susanna Bennett is elected as Chief Operating Officer.

      Resolved (2014.10.16.30), David Olive is elected as Vice President, Policy Development Support.

      Fifteen members of the Board approved of Resolutions 2014.10.16.25, 2014.10.16.26, 2014.10.16.27, 2014.10.16.28, 2014.10.16.29, and 2014.10.16.30 by acclamation. One member of the Board was unavailable to vote on the Resolutions. The Resolutions carried.

Published on 27 October 2014

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