Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ICANN seeks nomination for committee chair

Internet coordinating agency, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the search for the 2010-2011 Nominating Committee (NomCom) chairman.

NomCom Chair is responsible for organizing the NomCom in its activities to select certain ICANN board members and individuals who would serve in key leadership positions within ICANN’s supporting organizations (SO) and advisory committees (AC) in accordance with ICANN’s bylaws.

Equally, the chair is a non-voting member of the NomCom selected by ICANN’s board to serve until the conclusion of the next ICANN annual meeting.

A press statement from ICANN informed that to properly serve as chair, the selected individual must have adequate time available to undertake the role; excellent communication and negotiation skills to manage a committee of 22 - 23 members; a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities of each position for which the NomCom is selecting candidates.

Additionally, the candidate for NomCom chair, must have experience on or with a board of directors; strong organization and leadership skills; ability to remain unbiased; no conflicts of interest, and a thorough understanding of, and satisfy, all criteria set forth in ICANN bylaws relating to the NomCom.

“No person who is an employee of or is a paid consultant to ICANN (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve as a member of the NomCom, including the post of Chair,” the statement read.

On the duties and responsibilities of the chairman of NomCom, ICANN said include reviews of the NomCom policies and procedures with the committee members and supporting staff and ensures that all activities of the NomCom are in compliance.

“Plans, schedules and chairs NomCom meetings as required; appoints non-voting Associate Chair if so desired; reports to ICANN Board on status of the NomCom; prepares and publishes the NomCom report as well as coordinates due diligence on nominated candidates in cooperation with ICANN’s General Counsel and any outside firm(s) retained to perform due diligence activities,” part of the statement read.

ICANN further said that the duties include conducting of outreach with ICANN constituencies, ACs and SOs (with Chairs of those groups), ICANN Board, and other bodies outside ICANN.

And with other committee members, review and evaluate candidate Statements of Interest (SOIs) and references submitted during NomCom process; additionally schedules and manages both telephone and face-to-face interviews with selected candidates.

Even as the chairman should ensure NomCom records are secure and then deleted at the end of the year, with the exception of Statements of Interest that candidates want ICANN to retain for the NomCom for future consideration.

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