[AfrICANN-discuss] Update on the Search and Appointment of a New President and CEO of ICANN

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 11:39:29 SAST 2009

Update on the Search and Appointment of a New President and CEO of ICANN

14 June 2009

At the ICANN meeting in Mexico City in March 2009, the current President and
CEO of ICANN, Dr Paul Twomey, announced that he will not seek renewal of his
contract and will move on from ICANN at the end of 2009.

Since then the Board has been engaged in the process of recruiting and
appointing a new CEO. The ICANN Board hired Egon Zehnder International to
conduct a world-wide search to locate ICANN's next CEO in accordance with
the specifications listed at
http://www.icann.org/en/careers/ceo-31mar09-en.htm. Egon Zehnder received
over 100 applications in response to the ICANN notice, reviewed
approximately 1000 possible candidates on their databases, and from these
lists approached over 300 potential candidates. There was significant
diversity of gender, nationality, and country of residence amongst the

The Board approved a Board Search Committee (BSC) comprised of Dennis
Jennings (Chair, Board Governance Committee), Harald Alvestrand (Chair,
Board IANA Committee), Rajasekhar Ramaraj (Chair, Board Finance Committee),
Rita Rodin Johnston (Chair, Board Audit Committee), and Peter Dengate-Thrush
(Chair, Board Compensation Committee and ICANN Board Chair).

The BSC reviewed the resumes of candidates recommended by Egon Zehnder and
conducted interviews of a short list of 8 candidates via video conference.
The BSC reviewed the candidates against the four broad areas of:

   - Leadership (demonstrated leadership skills, strategic thinking
   capability, demonstrated capacity to build trust)
   - Political skills (diplomacy skills at an international level with heads
   of state etc, international expertise and experience - sensitivity to
   multiple cultures, work experience in several countries, Internet community
   credibility - sense of history of Internet – and an ability to listen to and
   appreciate different points of view, and to work with the diverse
   stakeholder groups within ICANN – GNSO, ccNSO, ASO, ALAC, GAC, IETF, etc)
   - Technical Skills (technical understanding - ability to listen and
   interact with the Internet technical community, presentation skills - able
   to give interviews, speeches etc. on highly complex topics such as
   IDN-ccTLDs, policy development skills - ability to motivate and support
   ICANN volunteer organisations and build consensus around a plan despite
   obstacles, Board skills - experience dealing with a large and diverse Board)
   - Management skills (good at managing staff, planning and budgeting, team
   building, and experience of managing a global not-for-profit, for-profit, or
   governmental organisation of approximately the present size of ICANN)

The BSC was particularly pleased to hear from Egon Zehnder that several
candidates from within the ICANN community had applied for the role, and
that these candidates had great strengths in several of the criteria
considered above. However, considering all the criteria as a whole, Egon
Zehnder did not consider that these candidates should be on the shortlist to
be interviewed by the BSC.

Following the interviews of the short-listed candidates, the BSC created a
smaller shortlist for a further interview by the whole ICANN Board via video
conference against the criteria above.   The Board has selected a leading
candidate, and initial contract discussions are now underway. The intention
is that these negotiations will have progressed sufficiently that the
candidate will attend the ICANN meeting in Sydney to meet with the Board
face-to-face. The Board intends to introduce the lead candidate to other
members of the ICANN community during that meeting. The Board expects to be
in a position to approve the selection of the new CEO at the Board Meeting
on 26 June 2009, during the ICANN Sydney Meeting.
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