This is an update on the progress of the 2008 ICANN Nominating Committee. The 2008 Nominating Committee began its work in November 2007 following the ICANN Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California, and is actively seeking qualified candidates for the following key positions within ICANN:
- 2 Board Directors
- 1 GNSO Council member
- 1 ccNSO Council member
- 2 ALAC members (Europe and North America)
In December 2007, the Nominating Committee announced it was seeking expressions of interest from an organization capable of interviewing and assessing candidates for ICANN leadership positions. ICANN has entered into an agreement with Ray & Berndtson to provide candidate assessment services to the 2008 Nominating Committee. Ray & Berndtson will conduct interviews and assessments on candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, and will conduct its work from its main offices in Frankfurt, Germany.
The 2008 Nominating Committee has received 35 Statements of Interest, 33 of the candidates are male, while 2 are female. 8 candidates are from Europe, 8 are from Asia/Australia/Pacific, 4 are from Latin America/Caribbean, 10 are from North America, and 5 are from Africa. Some candidates count toward more than one ICANN region.
30 candidates have declared a willingness to serve on the ICANN Board, 20 have declared a willingness to serve on the GNSO Council, 16 have declared a willingness to serve on the ccNSO Council, and 12 have declared a willingness to serve on the ALAC. Please note that some candidates have asked to be considered for more than one position.
Those individuals selected by the Nominating Committee will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, address intriguing technical coordination problems and related policy development challenges with diverse functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable insights and experience from working across these boundaries of knowledge, responsibility and perspective.
Information on applying is available at http://nomcom.icann.org/. Prospective candidates are invited to submit their Statements of Interest to the Nominating Committee by 15 April 2008 23:59 UTC. The 2008 Nominating Committee does not anticipate extending the nomination period as it has done in previous years.
ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet’s operation, so ICANN’s global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet’s ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.