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Secretary's Notice | GNSO Council's Selection of Alejandro Pisanty for a New Term as a Director

The GNSO has appointed Alejandro Pisanty to an additional term as a Director on the ICANN Board. His current term was set to end on 31 March 2004 and will now continue through the new term which will end six months following the ICANN Annual Meeting in 2006.

Details of the appointment are set forth below:

Article X, Section 3(6) of the ICANN Bylaws states:

6. The GNSO Council shall make selections to fill Seats 13 and 14 on the ICANN Board by written ballot or by action at a meeting; any such selection must have affirmative votes comprising a majority of the votes of all the members of the GNSO Council. Notification of the GNSO Council's selections shall be given by the GNSO Chair in writing to the ICANN Secretary, consistent with Article VI, Sections 8(4) and 12(1).

Consistent with the second-quoted sentence above, I received the following message on 19 February 2004 from Bruce Tonkin, the GNSO Chair:

From: Bruce Tonkin
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 12:44 PM
To: John Jeffrey
Cc: Vinton g. Cerf; Paul Twomey; GNSO SECRETARIAT; Alejandro Pisanty
Subject: GNSO election result for ICANN Board seat #13

To: ICANN Board Secretary
From: GNSO Council chair

Dear John,

I have pleasure in announcing that the GNSO Council elected Alejandro Pisanty to another term occupying ICANN Board seat #13 in its meeting today.

Bruce Tonkin

Under Article VI, Section 8(1)(e) and (2), of the ICANN Bylaws, the term of Mr. Pisanty in Seat 13 will continue until the day six months after the conclusion of ICANN's annual meeting in 2006.

John O. Jeffrey
General Counsel & Secretary, ICANN

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