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Revisions to Conflicts of Interest Policy and Bylaws to Allow Board to Consider Compensation for Director Services

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Open Date: 2 September 2011
Close Date: 3 October 2011 Public Comment Announcement To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
Time (UTC): 06:59 View Comments Submitted Report of Public Comments
Originating Organization: Board of Directors/Office of the General Counsel and Secretary

Review of Potential Revisions to the ICANN Conflicts of Interest Policy [PDF, 533 KB] and ICANN Bylaws [PDF, 470 KB] that are necessary for the Board to consider the question of compensating ICANN voting Directors for their service. The Conflicts of Interest Policy revisions are necessary to allow the Board to consider compensation-related issues, and the Bylaws are revisions are necessary to allow Directors to receive compensation if recommended.

This work is necessary to meet the Accountability and Transparency Review Team's Recommendation 5, recommending compensation to ICANN Directors.

Current Status: Posting these documents for public comments are part of a broader process that was approved by the Board on 25 August 2011 regarding the consideration of compensation for Director services.
Next Steps: The Board will consider whether to proceed with the proposed revisions to the Conflicts of Interest Policy and Bylaws.
Staff Contact: Amy Stathos, Deputy General Counsel Email:
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