[Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation
Andrew.Alston at liquidtelecom.com
Tue Nov 5 07:52:55 UTC 2019
I have to wholeheartedly agree.
I believe that the CEO should be allowed to, and empowered to speak to the community on any and all operational issues without interference from the board and without approval from the board. Anything else shows a lack of trust in the CEO by the board – in which case there is a problem to start with.
Either the board trusts the CEO to do the job, or it doesn’t – what should not be happening is that the board is attempting to do the CEO’s job – which seems to be the case in many instances. I do not want to believe that the CEO was appointed as a figurehead or a puppet while the board takes over operational running of the company – so please, let him do his job and be an effective CEO – without interference beyond what is the standard role of a NON EXECUTIVE board
I strongly suggest the board also review https://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/non-executive-director.asp
But if that is TL;DR then the key points are here – and in particular the second point
* A non-executive director is a member of a company's board of directors who is not part of the executive team.
* A non-executive director typically does not engage in the day-to-day management of the organization but is involved in policymaking and planning exercises.
* A non-executive directors' responsibilities include the monitoring of the executive directors and acting in the interest of the company stakeholders.
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To: Adewole Ajao <dewole at tinitop.com>; Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu>
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Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] AFRINIC legacy space ownership manipulation
El 5/11/19 8:16, "Adewole Ajao" <dewole at tinitop.com<mailto:dewole at tinitop.com>> escribió:
Makes sense. Especially on operational and PR issues such as this. Letting the CEO communicate will also reduce the sense of non-responsiveness that members sometimes feel (although it's unavoidable because the board has to convene and agree before any response can be given - even on simple issues whereas the CEO will be able to respond authoritatively to a large extent on behalf of AFRINIC the company).
On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu<mailto:mark.tinka at seacom.mu>> wrote:
Don't know if it's just me, but curious why this update (and the investigations associated with it) are not coming from our CEO.
I've consistently said that I feel the AFRINIC Board are too involved in AFRINIC's day-to-day affairs, which, IMHO, need to be managed by the AFRINIC CEO and his team, both in front of and behind the scenes.
I am somewhat disturbed that this culture does not appear to have changed even on the back of the appointment of the new CEO.
Personally, I'd rather be hearing from the CEO and/or any of his staff, than the Board.
On 4/Nov/19 22:45, Bope Domilongo Christian wrote:
Dear Community at large,
As the community may also, be aware, AFRINIC has attracted some media coverage relating to suspicious activity in its WHOIS database primarily a limited section of legacy resources.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to assure both the AFRINIC membership and the Internet community at large that the Board has conducted some preliminary assessment of the matter, and would like to let you know that investigations are progressing well and will be concluded soon, most likely before or by the end of the year. We cannot reveal much or go into further details at this stage as we do not want to jeopardise the investigations. However, you can rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the matter. At the same time, we want to ensure that the rights of any affected parties are respected and protected as per the law. All said we are keen to ensure the interests of AFRINIC members are safeguarded as we seek to maintain stable, reliable and effective management of Internet resources. Besides, the AFRINIC WHOIS database remains fully operational with high standards of integrity.
Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement and AFRINIC operations team is currently reviewing some of the long-established processes relating to the management of Internet resources under AFRINIC's ambit. The team is already implementing some improvement measures at both the IT Infrastructure and process level. As usual, the AFRINIC membership will be appropriately apprised of the developments.
Dr Christian D. Bope
Chairman, AFRINIC Board of Directors
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