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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 Minutes, when approved 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 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 2 November 2017 at 18:30 local time.

Cherine Chalaby, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order. In addition to the Chair, the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting:  Maarten Botterman, Becky Burr, Ron da Silva, Sarah Deutsch, Chris Disspain (Vice Chair), Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Khaled Koubaa, Akinori Maemura, Göran Marby (President and CEO), George Sadowsky, León Sanchez, Matthew Shears, Mike Silber, and Lousewies van der Laan.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Ram Mohan (SSAC Liaison), Kaveh Ranjbar (RSSAC Liaison), Manal Ismail (GAC Liaison), and Jonne Soininen (IETF Liaison).

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary).

This is a Preliminary Report of the Organziational Meeting of the ICANN Board, which was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 2 November 2017 at 18:30 local time.

  1. Main Agenda
    1. Election of ICANN Board Chair
    2. Election of ICANN Board Vice Chair
    3. Appointment of Membership and Leadership of Board Committees
    4. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN
    5. AOB

 

  1. Main Agenda

    Cherine Chalaby introduced the initial meeting of the new Board and asked for Chris Disspain to assume leadership of the meeting for the first item.

    1. Election of ICANN Board Chair

      Chris Disspain introduced the agenda item. The Board then took the following action:

      Resolved (2017.11.02.40), Cherine Chalaby is elected as Chair of the Board.

      All members of the Board approved of Resolution 2017.11.02.40 by acclamation. The Resolution carried.

    2. Election of ICANN Board Vice Chair

      The Chair introduced the agenda item. The Board then took the following action:

      Resolved (2017.11.02.41), Chris Disspain is elected as Vice-Chair of the Board.

      All members of the Board approved of Resolution 2017.11.02.41 by acclamation. The Resolution carried.

    3. Appointment of Membership and Leadership of Board Committees

      Becky Burr introduced the agenda item and read the proposed slate of members to serve on various Board Committees. The Board then took the following action:

      Resolved (2017.11.02.42), membership of the following Board Committees is established as follows:

      Accountability Mechanisms

      Chris Disspain (Chair)
      Becky Burr
      Sarah Deutsch
      Léon Sanchez
      Mike Silber

      Audit

      Lousewies van der Laan (Chair)
      Sarah Deutsch
      Akinori Maemura
      Mike Silber

      Compensation

      Cherine Chalaby (Chair)
      Chris Disspain
      Ram Mohan (Non-Voting Member)
      George Sadowsky
      Jonne Soininen (Non-Voting Member)

      Executive

      Cherine Chalaby (Chair)
      Becky Burr
      Chris Disspain
      Göran Marby

      Finance

      Ron da Silva (Chair)
      Maarten Botterman
      Chris Disspain
      Khaled Koubaa
      George Sadowsky

      Governance

      Becky Burr (Chair)
      Maarten Botterman
      Ron da Silva
      Ram Mohan (Non-Voting Member)
      Lousewies van der Laan

      Risk

      Rafael Lito Ibarra (Co-Chair)
      Ram Mohan (Co-Chair/Non-Voting Member)
      Akinori Maemura
      Kaveh Ranjbar (Non-Voting Member)
      Matthew Shears
      Jonne Soininen (Non-Voting Member)

      Organizational Effectiveness

      Khaled Koubaa (Chair)
      Avri Doria
      Rafael Lito Ibarra
      George Sadowsky
      Léon Sanchez
      Matthew Shears

      Technical

      Kaveh Ranjbar (Chair/Non-Voting Member)
      Rafael Lito Ibarra (Vice Chair)
      Cherine Chalaby
      Ron da Silva
      Avri Doria
      Akinori Maemura
      Ram Mohan (Non-Voting Member)
      George Sadowsky
      Jonne Soininen (Non-Voting Member)

      All members of the Board approved of Resolution 2017.11.02.42 by acclamation. The Resolution carried.

      Rationale for Resolutions 2017.11.02.40 – 2017.11.02.42

      Article 7, Section 7.2 and Article 14 of the ICANN Bylaws call for the Board to appoint the Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, as well as the chairs and membership of each Board Committee, including filling any vacancies which may occur in these positions during the year. The appointment of the Board leadership and Board Committee leadership and membership is consistent with ICANN's Mission and is in the public interest as it is important to ensure that the Board and its Committees have the properly skilled expertise to carry forth ICANN's Mission, Commitments and Core Values.

      This decision will have no direct fiscal impact on the organization and no impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

      This decision is an Organizational Administrative Function that does not require public comment.

    4. Confirmation of Officers of ICANN

      The Chair introduced the agenda item. The Chair read the proposed slate of Officers of ICANN. The Board then took the following action:

      Resolved (2017.11.02.43), Göran Marby is elected as President and Chief Executive Officer.

      Resolved (2017.11.02.44), John Jeffrey is elected as General Counsel and Secretary.

      Resolved (2017.11.02.45), Xavier Calvez is elected as Chief Financial Officer.

      Resolved (2017.11.02.46), Akram Atallah is elected as President, Global Domains Division.

      Resolved (2017.11.02.47), Susanna Bennett is elected as Chief Operating Officer.

      Resolved (2017.11.02.48), David Olive is elected as Senior Vice President, Policy Development Support.

      Resolved (2017.11.02.49), Ashwin Rangan is elected as Senior Vice President, Engineering & Chief Information Officer.

      All members of the Board approved of Resolutions 2017.11.02.42, 2017.11.02.43, 2017.11.02.44, 2017.11.02.45, 2017.11.02.46, 2017.11.02.47, 2017.11.02.48, and 2017.11.02.49 by acclamation. The Resolutions carried.

    5. AOB

      • Apppointment of the Directors to the Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) Board

        The Vice Chair provided an update on the appointment of the Directors to the PTI Board. He stated that PTI will be holding its annual meeting later in 2017 during which it will consider the appointment of the nominated directors alongside the composition of the remainder of the PTI board. The ICANN Board must review the nominees to ensure that they meet all the requirements of the PTI Bylaws including reviewing the decision by the 2017 Nominating Committee regarding compliance with section 5.2 and 5.3 of the PTI Bylaws.

    The Chair then called the meeting to a close.

Published on 14 November 2017

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