Nominating Committee Announces Final Selections for Key Leadership Positions Within ICANN

Oct 11, 2004, 01:00 ET from Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- After an intense period of
 outreach, consultation, recruitment, and evaluation, the Nominating Committee
 (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
 announced today its final selection of four 'slates' of Nominees for four of
 ICANN's leadership bodies: the Board of Directors, the Council of the Country
 Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), the Council of the Generic Names
 Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Interim At Large Advisory Committee
 (ALAC).  The Nominees will join the already seated members of these bodies at
 the conclusion of the ICANN Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, December
 1 - 5.
     ICANN is a non-profit organization responsible for coordinating the global
 Internet's systems of unique identifiers, including the systems of domain
 names and numeric addresses that are used to reach all computers on the
 Internet.  ICANN's mission is to ensure the stable and secure operation of
 these unique identifier systems, which are vital to the Internet's operation.
 In addition, ICANN coordinates policy development related to these technical
 functions.  "We are very pleased that so many excellent Candidates from all
 five geographic regions participated in this second NomCom Process," said
 Nominating Committee Chair and spokesperson Jean-Jacques Damlamian.  "This
 global participation reflects the Internet community's impressive array of
 talent, experience, and willingness to undertake these volunteer leadership
 roles essential to ICANN's evolution and performance goals."
 
     The Nominees:
 
     ICANN Board
 
       Vinton G. Cerf               (U.S.A. - North America)
       Joichi Ito                   (Japan - Asia/Australia/Pacific)
       Vanda Scartezini             (Brazil - Latin America/Caribbean Islands)
 
     Terms: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2004 until conclusion of
 ICANN Annual Meeting for 2007
 
     ccNSO Council
 
       Yassin Mshana                (Tanzania - Africa)
 
     Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2004 until conclusion of
 ICANN Annual Meeting for 2005
 
       Eva Frolich                  (Sweden - Europe)
 
     Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2004 until conclusion of
 ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006
 
       Charles Shaban               (Jordan - Asia/Australia/Pacific)
 
     Term:  Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2004 until conclusion of
 ICANN Annual Meeting for 2007
 
     GNSO Council
 
       Maureen Cubberley            (Canada - North America)
 
     Term: Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2004 until conclusion of
 ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006
 
     Interim At Large Advisory Committee
 
       Roberto Gaetano              (Italy - Europe)
       Jean Armour Polly            (U.S.A. - North America)
 
     Terms:  Conclusion of ICANN Annual Meeting for 2004 until conclusion of
 ICANN Annual Meeting for 2006
 
     Biographical information on the Nominees will soon be posted on the NomCom
 web page.  http://www.icann.org/committees/nom-comm/
 
     In response to its June 30th Formal Call, the NomCom received 102
 recommendations of potential candidates from all over the world.  Out of 84
 individuals who subsequently submitted a Statement of Interest, NomCom
 selected 9 outstanding individuals for staggered terms in these leadership
 roles in ICANN.  The terms range from twelve to thirty-six months in length.
 Three individuals were selected to serve on the Board of Directors; two
 individuals were selected to fill seats designated for individuals from the
 North American and European regions on the Interim At-Large Advisory Committee
 (which coordinates participation by individual Internet users in ICANN's
 activities); three individuals were selected for the Council of the new
 Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (which administers and coordinates
 the affairs of the ccNSO and manages the policy development process of the
 ccNSO); and one individual was selected for the Council of the Generic Names
 Supporting Organization (which develops policy concerning domain names in
 generic top-level domains such as .com, .net, .org, .info, and .biz).
     The NomCom was asked to find high-caliber, experienced, open-minded women
 and men with integrity, sound judgment, and objectivity.  "Using a holistic
 approach, the NomCom focused on the careful selection of slates of Candidates
 with complementary skills and perspectives who fulfilled the ICANN criteria
 and eligibility requirements for each of the four roles to be filled, keeping
 all the Candidates in consideration until the final slates were chosen,"
 Damlamian explained.
     Through these strategies the NomCom pursued its dual charge: to balance
 the other ICANN leadership selection processes which are based on Supporting
 Organizations and Constituencies and to help ensure that ICANN can benefit
 from the leadership of the women and men of the highest integrity and
 capability who place the interest of the global Internet community ahead of
 any particular interests.  These carefully selected slates will help ICANN
 ensure functional, cultural, and geographic diversity in its policy
 development and decision-making as the Internet itself evolves.
 
     The Nominating Committee:
     An independent Nominating Committee is a key element of the ICANN
 structure.  It is composed of a diverse set of individuals chosen by the
 groups and entities that make up ICANN.  The NomCom is charged to act in the
 interests of the global Internet community rather than in accord with specific
 interests.  NomCom is presently responsible for selecting 8 of fifteen Board
 Directors, 5 of fifteen Interim ALAC Members, 3 of eighteen ccNSO Council
 Members and 3 of fifteen GNSO Council Members.  In the current process, nine
 of these positions needed to be filled.
     For more information about the Nominating Committee, its Members, Formal
 Call and Procedures please visit its web page at
 http://www.icann.org/committees/nom-comm/.  Further questions or requests for
 information can be sent via e-mail to Kieran Baker (baker@icann.org).
 
     NomCom Selection Statistics:
 
     Total Number of Candidates:               84
 
     Geographic Distribution              Geographic Distribution of
         of Candidates                         Selected Nominees
 
      Africa                                   11%             13%
      Asia/Australia/Pacific                   24%             24%
      Europe                                   29%             13%
      Latin America/Caribbean Islands          10%             13%
      North America                            26%             37%
      Total:                                  100%            100%
 
     Citizenship of Candidates:
 
     34 Countries:
     Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China,
 Congo, France, Germany, Hong Kong S.A.R, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya,
 Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines,
 Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania,
 Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.
 
     Citizenship of Selected Nominees:
 
     8 Countries:
     Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Sweden, Tanzania, USA.
 
     Gender Distribution of               Gender Distribution of Selected
        Candidates                                   Nominees
 
      Male:      4%                                     56%
      Female:   26%                                     44%
 
     Recommendations Received:
 
      Total Number of Recommendations:                  102
      Total Number of Recommendees:                      90
      Total Number of Recommendees who submitted
       a Statement of Interest                           54
      Percentage of Candidates who are Recommendees     60%
 
     About ICANN
     The mission of ICANN is to coordinate, at the overall level, the global
 Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the
 stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.  In
 particular, ICANN:
 
     1. Coordinates the allocation and assignment of the three sets of unique
        identifiers for the Internet, which are
           a. Domain names (forming a system referred to as "DNS");
           b. Internet protocol ("IP") addresses and autonomous system ("AS")
              numbers; and
           c. Protocol port and parameter numbers.
     2. Coordinates the operation and evolution of the DNS root name server
        system.
     3. Coordinates policy development reasonably and appropriately related to
        these technical functions.
 
 

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