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Approved Board Resolutions | Special Meeting of the ICANN Board

  1. Executive Session:
    1. Ombudsman FY 22 At-Risk Compensation
  2. President and CEO FY23 Goals

 

  1. Executive Session:

    1. Ombudsman FY 22 At-Risk Compensation

      Whereas, the Compensation Committee recommended that the Board approve payment to the Ombudsman of his FY22 at-risk compensation.

      Resolved (2022.07.27.01), the Board hereby approves a payment to the Ombudsman of his FY22 at-risk compensation component.

      Resolved (2022.07.27.02), part of this action by the Board shall remain confidential as an "action relating to personnel or employment matters", pursuant to Article 3, section 3.5b of the ICANN Bylaws.

      Rationale for Resolutions 2022.07.27.01 – 2022.07.27.02

      Annually the Ombudsman has an opportunity to earn a portion of his compensation based on specific performance goals set by the Board, through the Compensation Committee.  This not only provides incentive for the Ombudsman to perform above and beyond his regular duties, but also leads to regular touch points between the Ombudsman and Board members during the year to help ensure that the Ombudsman is achieving his goals and serving the needs of the ICANN community.

      Evaluation of the Ombudsman's objectives results from both the Ombudsman self-assessment as well as review by the Compensation Committee, leading to a recommendation to the Board with which the Board agrees.

      Evaluating the Ombudsman's annual performance objectives is in furtherance of the goals and mission of ICANN and helps increase the Ombudsman's service to the ICANN community, which is in the public interest. 

      While there is a fiscal impact from the results of the scoring, that impact was already accounted for in the FY22 budget.  This action will have no impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

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

    2. President and CEO FY23 Goals

      Whereas, the Compensation Committee has worked with the President and CEO to develop a set of performance goals for FY23.

      Resolved (2022.07.27.03), the Board hereby approves performance goals for the President and CEO for FY23.

      Rationale for Resolution 2022.07.27.03

      When the President and CEO was hired, he was offered a base salary, plus an at-risk component of his compensation package.  This same structure exists today.  Consistent with all personnel with the ICANN organization, the President and CEO is to be evaluated against specific performance goals, which the President and CEO sets in coordination with the Compensation Committee and the Board.

      The Compensation Committee discussed a set of performance goals for the President and CEO for FY23, some of which were proposed by the President and CEO and some were proposed by the Compensation Committee.  The Board has evaluated these goals and agrees that they are appropriate and consistent with ICANN's Strategic and Operating plans.

      Taking this decision is in furtherance of ICANN's Mission and is in the public interest in that the President and CEO's performance goals are fully consistent with ICANN's Strategic and Operating plans.

      The decision to adopt FY23 performance goals for the President and CEO will not have a direct fiscal impact on ICANN that is not already contemplated in the FY23 budget.  This decision will not have an impact on the security, stability or resiliency of the domain name system.

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

Published on 29 July 2022

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."