Re: [council] Nomination for Board Seat 14
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- Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 23:34:03 +0100
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Yes, I beleive it does.
On 24 Jan 2008, at 23:22, Adrian Kinderis wrote:
Does this require a second from the GNSO Council?
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Sent: Friday, 25 January 2008 6:11 AM
To: Council GNSO
Subject: [council] Nomination for Board Seat 14
Attached as an MS Word file and copied below is my nomination of
Rita Rodin for Board seat 14.
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Nomination for ICANN Board Seat 14
1a. Full name of the nominee: Rita Rodin
1b. E-mail address of the nominee: RRODIN@xxxxxxxxxxx
1c. Country of citizenship of nominee: USA
2a. Full name of the nominator: Chuck Gomes
2b. E-mail address of the nominator: cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Description of Qualifications
Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3, Criteria for Selection of Directors
Rita was selected as an ICANN Director in 2005 by the GNSO because
she was deemed to meet the requisite qualifications as detailed in
the Bylaws. During her first term as a director, the original
assessment of her qualifications has been strongly reinforced by her
performance as a Board member.
Her primary responsibility as director is her fiduciary
responsibilities to the ICANN Corporation. Throughout her first
term, she has been a key contributor in the Board’s decision-making
processes. While I am sure that Rita, just like all directors in
such a diverse environment, has made some decisions with which some
may disagree, there is absolutely no basis for questioning her
integrity in any of those decisions. She grappled hard with some of
the decisions but carefully weighed all the facts and came to
conclusions that she was convinced were the best for ICANN and for
Her openness has been demonstrated by her willingness to discuss
issues with anyone, including many cases where she sought out
opposing views. Her objectivity has been shown by the fact that she
would raise competing view points during deliberations and always
tried to motivate collaboration that would lead to win-win solutions.
Based on her previous experience, we knew from the start that she
had an excellent understanding of both ICANN’s mission and the
Internet community that ICANN serves. And that understanding has
been used repeatedly in support of sound decision-making by the Board.
From a GNSO perspective, Rita is one of just a handful of directors
who have first hand knowledge about several critical areas:
• The operation of registries and registrars
• Policy development procedures (e.g., she provided drafting
assistance for the UDRP and helped draft the first GNSO PDP; I won’t
hold the latter against her!)
• Intellectual property and privacy rights
• International business issues
• Contract law and contract negotiations.
At the same time, even though she has special expertise and interest
in the above areas, there is no evidence indicating that she favored
stakeholders in one area over another. She sought input from all
sides and evaluated data from various and competing sources before
Whereas her role on the Board is not to represent the GNSO, she has
done the following that have been of great benefit to the GNSO:
· Helped fellow directors in understanding gTLD issues and
· Participated in many GNSO Council meetings
· Met regularly with leaders of the GNSO Council to listen
and to communicate.
Bylaws, Article VI, Section 4, Additional Qualifications
Note, as defined in this section that Rita is NOT:
• An official or employee of a national government or a
• Serving in any capacity (including as a liaison) on any
Supporting Organization Council
• Serving in any capacity on the Nominating Committee.
Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5, International Representation
Regarding international representation:
• As a citizen of the United States, Rita comes from a different
geographical region than Bruce Tonkin, the other GNSO elected
director, who comes from the Asia Pacific region.
• In her private work as a partner in Skadden’s Intellectual
Property and Technology and Internet and E-Commerce practices,
Rita’s responsibilities include structuring and negotiating domestic
and international transactions with a focus on technology and
trademarks; she has handled matters for companies ranging from
startups to global institutions.
Regardless of a director’s qualifications, he or she can only be
effective through consistent and active participation in Board and
community activities. Rita has done this well, including remote
participation when limited by physical injuries caused by an accident.
Regarding Board activity, Rita is currently serving on the following
• Audit Committee
• Board Governance Committee (including the GNSO Improvements
• Reconsideration Committee
• Executive Committee.
There is a learning curve for new directors on any board.
Considering Rita’s outstanding performance and active role on the
current Board, it would be unfortunate to lose the advantages of
continuity of her service by not re-electing her to a second term.