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Preliminary Report | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

Formal Minutes are still to be approved by the ICANN Board.

Note: This Preliminary Report has not been approved by the Board and does not constitute minutes.  It does set 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.

A Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors was held telephonically on 29 July 2021 at 21:00 UTC.

Maarten Botterman, Chair, promptly called the meeting to order.

In addition to the Chair, the following Directors participated in all or part of the meeting: Becky Burr, Avri Doria, Rafael Lito Ibarra, Danko Jevtović, Akinori Maemura, Mandla Msimang, Ihab Osman, Patricio Poblete, Nigel Roberts, León Sánchez (Vice Chair), Matthew Shears, and Tripti Sinha.

The following Board members sent their apologies: Ron da Silva, Sarah Deutsch, Göran Marby (President and CEO), and Tripti Sinha.

The following Board Liaisons participated in all or part of the meeting: Harald Alvestrand (IETF Liaison), Manal Ismail (GAC Liaison), Merike Käo (SSAC Liaison), and Kaveh Ranjbar (RSSAC Liaison).

Secretary: John Jeffrey (General Counsel and Secretary).

The following ICANN Executives and Staff participated in all or part of the meeting: Samantha Eisner (Deputy General Counsel), Aaron Jimenez (Board Operations Specialist), Sheila Johnson (Deputy General Counsel), Amy Stathos (Deputy General Counsel), and Gina Villavicencio (SVP, Global Human Resources).

  1. Executive Session – CONFIDENTIAL
    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. Confidential Employment Related Matter


  1. Executive Session – CONFIDENTIAL:

    1. Approval of Minutes

      The Chair opened the meeting. The Board then took the following actions:

    2. Resolved (2021.07.29.01), the Board approves the minutes of the 8 February 2021 Special Meeting of the ICANN Board.

      All members of the Board present voted in favor of Resolution 2021.07.29.01. Four Board members were unavailable to vote on the Resolution. The Resolution carried.

    3. Confidential Employment Related Matter

      The Board held a confidential portion of the session relating to employment matters and specific actions shall remain confidential as an "action relating to personnel or employment matters," pursuant to Article 3, Section 3.5(b) of the ICANN Bylaws., until deemed appropriate for disclosure.

    The Chair then called the meeting to a close.

Published on 9 August 2021

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