Re: [council] ICANN hires weight loss guru as vice president?
- To: Kristina Rosette <krosette@xxxxxxx>, Andrei Kolesnikov <andrei@xxxxxxxx>
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- From: Kurt Pritz <kurt.pritz@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 15:39:33 -0800
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Kristina, Andrei and others:
I will comment on this issue even though it is probably not necessary. When
Elad first came to ICANN, he and I worked closely together on the Organization
Effectiveness Initiative (OEI) - I was the exec staff lead on the project. I
found him to be a good fit with the ICANN team, intelligent by any standard,
and effective in the role. I have worked with many organizational improvement
consultants throughout my career and Elad's efforts to date have exhibited an
effectiveness and shelf life longer than other initiatives at ICANN and
Also, there have been improvements since Elad has joined: internal meeting
management has improved markedly, as has project planning. In addition, an OEI
staff survey has led to the creation of three teams, one that is focusing on
internal process improvements, one on internal communications, and the third
considering employee retention and development programs. All, I think will
benefit the community and ICANN's mission.
Since then, we retained Elad to bolster an HR and executive function that is
short-staffed even by ICANN standards.
So while Elad is certainly a well-rounded individual, ICANN is utlizing those
talents that have a payoff for the organization. As I see it, we retained a
senior-level consultant for a specific purpose and, after achieving success, he
was retained as a staff member.
On Mar 9, 2011, at 11:29 AM, Rosette, Kristina wrote:
Ordinarily, I would agree that ICANN's HR policy is probably not an issue for
However, under the circumstances I noted and in light of the fact that there is
already someone identified to me as a "spiritual adviser" listed on the ICANN
staff page (and, presumably, on the payroll), I have to disagree.
Even my 6-year-old can't make up stories this good.
From: Andrei Kolesnikov [mailto:andrei@xxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 2:02 PM
To: Rosette, Kristina; council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [council] ICANN hires weight loss guru as vice president?
I'm about to take back my words regarding good marketing with Mr. Clinton. This
must go beyond my imagination :)
However should we address more generic question: on what level Council /
Councilors can penetrate into ICANN's day to day operations and what bylaw
pectorals say about it. Is it dependable from the overall level of community
dissatisfaction? Should HR policy become an issue for ICANN community? Don't
I will support a contract with alien from Jupiter and his private jet
reimbursement if only this will help the gTLD process to be launched.
The Board selection process is much bigger concern IMHO.
[mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rosette, Kristina
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 5:33 PM
Subject: [council] ICANN hires weight loss guru as vice president?
(With credit to Kevin Murphy at DomainIncite for breaking the story) ICANN has
reportedly hired "a psychotherapist with a distinctly Buddhist bent who has
previously specialized in weight loss" as Vice President for Organizational
ICANN has gone without a Director of Compliance for almost 9 months and the
GNSO Council is being told that no new policy work should be initiated because
of staff workload, yet ICANN focuses its resources on hiring a VP for
Organizational Effectiveness? Unbelievable and inexcusable. Does anyone
believe the organizational effectiveness has improved since Mr. Levinson was
I propose we raise this example of misplaced organizational priorities with the
Board. I'm willing to sacrifice my GAC question to do so.