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2023 ICANN CEO Search Committee

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ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer Position Description

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President and CEO Search Enters Next Phase (22 June 2023)

President and CEO Search Update: Draft Candidate Profile and Position Description (6 June 2023)

Update From the ICANN Board's CEO Search Committee (13 March 2023)

Listening Session: Future of ICANN and the Next President and CEO (14 March 2023)

ICANN Board Forms a CEO Search Committee, Seeks Community Input at ICANN76 (2 March 2023)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors has officially begun the process to search for and select ICANN's next President and Chief Executive Officer. At its 27 February 2023 Special Meeting, the Board approved the establishment of a President and CEO Search Committee. The committee will plan and execute a strategy to identify and recommend a pool of viable candidates to the full Board for the selection of ICANN's next leader.

The Board appointed eight members to serve on the committee, including its leadership: Chris Chapman (Chair), Sarah Deutsch (Vice Chair), Tripti Sinha, Becky Burr, Christian Kaufmann, Sajid Rahman, León Sánchez, and Katrina Sataki.

One of the Search Committee's first tasks is to develop a candidate profile and job description. For this, the committee is seeking input from the ICANN community and other organizations in the Internet ecosystem through a series of Listening Sessions with the ICANN Board. The sessions, which will be facilitated by the committee, will provide a forum for community members to share their views on ICANN's future, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the necessary attributes of the next ICANN leader. The search and selection process is expected to run throughout this calendar year.

The CEO Search Committee has set up the following email address – – to provide feedback on the characteristics that the new CEO should have. This input will be most helpful to the committee if the ideas expressed are succinct, positive, focused on describing what is desired, and above all, forward-looking, with an eye to the future of ICANN.

Future Public Sessions

To be added upon scheduling.

Past Listening Sessions

The President and CEO Search Committee sought input through a series of Listening Sessions in order to help build a candidate profile and job description.  These listening sessions served as a forum for sharing views on ICANN's future, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the necessary attributes of the next ICANN leader.

14 March 2023 – 18:15-19:45 UTC, Listening Session with Community during ICANN76

11 April 2023 – 23:00-24:00 UTC, Listening Session with ICANN Staff

13 April 2023 – 20:00-23:00 UTC, Listening Session with ICANN Executive Team

27 April 2023 – 12:15-13:00 UTC, Listening Session with GAC Leadership

27 April 2023 – 13:05-13:50 UTC, Listening Session with ALAC Leadership

27 April 2023 – 13:55-14:40 UTC, Listening Session with GNSO Council

27 April 2023 – 14:55-15:40 UTC, Listening Session with ASO Council

27 April 2023 – 15:45-16:30 UTC, Listening Session with former Board Members

28 April 2023 – 12:00-12:45 UTC, Listening Session with ccNSO Council

28 April 2023 – 12:50-13:35 UTC, Listening Session with RSSAC

28 April 2023 – 13:50-14:35 UTC, Listening Session with ISOC, IETF

28 April 2023 – 14:40-15:25 UTC, Listening Session with former Board Chairs

9 May 2023 – 19:00-19:45 UTC, Listening Session with SSAC

11 May 2023 – 14:00-15:00 UTC, Listening Session with ICANN Staff

16 May 2023 – 14:00-15:30 UTC, Listening Session with Community/Public

13 June 2023 – 23:00-24:30 UTC, CEO Search Committee Update during ICANN77

Committee Members

Photo of Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman
Chair of Search Committee

Photo of Sarah Deutsch

Sarah Deutsch
Vice Chair of Search Committee

Photo of Tripti Sinha

Tripti Sinha
Chair, ICANN Board

Photo of Becky Burr

Becky Burr

Photo of Christian Kaufmann

Christian Kaufmann 

Photo of Sajid Rahman

Sajid Rahman

Photo of León Sánchez

León Sánchez

Photo of Katrina Sataki

Katrina Sataki

Please visit this page for future updates regarding the 2023 ICANN CEO Search.

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