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  • To: jonathan.robinson@xxxxxxxxxxx, Andrei Kolesnikov <andrei@xxxxxxxx>, GNSO Council List <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: AW: [council] Meeting with the Board - Qualities of a new CEO
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  • Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 11:56:44 +0200
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  • Thread-topic: [council] Meeting with the Board - Qualities of a new CEO

Hi everybody
this is my first mail to the Council-List. I am not yet a member so I apologize 
for starting early. 
I wanted to make just one point with regard to the CEO. In the NomCom we had 
long discussions about the natrue of ICANN as a provate corporation and the 
fact, that there is a great difference between a "shareholder corporation" and 
a "stakeholder corporation". Sometimes we had the impression (not only in the 
NomCom) that there are a number of people who want to see ICANN as a 
"shareholder company" like Intel, Google, Microsoft or Versign. This would be a 
great misunderstanding. ICANN is not owned by "Shareholders" (and has not to 
please them). ICANN is constituted by "Stakeholders" (and has to please all of 
them equally). What does it mean for the new CEO? She/he certainly has to 
understand how to manage a 100 million corporation but not in a sense to 
maximize profit. She/he has to understand that ICANN manages a "public trust" 
on behalf of a broad variety of stakeholders rooted in the private sector, in 
the technical community, in the civil society and in governments. 
My 2 cents.


Von: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx im Auftrag von Jonathan Robinson
Gesendet: So 23.10.2011 11:39
An: 'Andrei Kolesnikov'; 'GNSO Council List'
Betreff: RE: [council] Meeting with the Board - Qualities of a new CEO

Thanks Andrei,


Anyone else?  Any other comments please?




From: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Andrei Kolesnikov
Sent: 23 October 2011 09:09
To: jonathan.robinson@xxxxxxxxxxx; 'GNSO Council List'
Subject: RE: [council] Meeting with the Board - Qualities of a new CEO


In terms of priorities I would put it like this:


1. Experience with international relations, knowing different cultures, dealing 
with it, practice; 

2. Means to support multistakeholder model: experience in balancing of the 
interests being a neutral;

3. Family/enterprise/corporate experience in managing funds and companies. CEO 

4. The last one charisma and leadership: work to do and balance is more 
important that running a roadshow. 


And my favorite one. I strongly believe that names of all candidates must be 
aired. I don't care if anyone will be hurt by not picking as CEO and consider 
this secrecy as an attempt to hide deals behind it. 

Running for a president and loose won't hurt anybody in America or elsewhere. 






From: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Jonathan Robinson
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:15 PM
To: 'GNSO Council List'
Subject: [council] Meeting with the Board - Qualities of a new CEO
Importance: High











Hiring a new CEO


What qualities do you think we ought to be seeking in a new CEO? Perhaps 
thinking about:

·         The nature of ICANN & the role it plays.  Balancing technology 
sector, innovation, operational stability, financial management, being run in 
the public trust

·         Qualities of the previous incumbents and what you did or did not 
think were effective (for ICANN) about them?

·         The new/current world order (AOC, new gTLD programme, global economic 
environment, emergence of new technologies, enhanced interest of governments)

·         Desirable skills & experience - charisma, leadership, government 
relations, private sector, financial, operational, international experience

What are your criteria for openness, transparency etc. in the hiring process?
(bearing in mind considerations of responsibility to candidates and community, 
privacy, Board confidence)

·         Do we expect to see (and influence by e.g. public comment) the 
specification and key selection criteria?

·         Do we expect see and give feedback on the above or anything before 
the hiring process commences?

·         Do we expect to have any interaction during the course of the hiring 
process?  Updates, information, influence?  If so, how?

·         Do we expect to influence or comment on the final outcome?

Anything else?

·         Any other comments or issues on the hiring of a new CEO?

·         Performance criteria and measures of a successful appointment?

·         Term & termination provisions?


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