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  • From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 03:11:31 -0700

ICANN 2009 Nominating Committee Selectees

28 August 2009
The 2009 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has completed its selections for 
nine leadership positions within ICANN.

NomCom Chair, Tricia Drakes, said "We are delighted to announce this year's 
selectees to ICANN's leadership. They include highly accomplished individuals 
from Russia, India, Malaysia, Jamaica, Argentina, Chile and the United States. 
The Committee's hard work has given us a result that we believe balances 
continuity and diversity, and includes the selection of the youngest ever 
member to serve on the ICANN Board. We have added some new faces to the mix, 
but I hope the community will agree that there is a real depth of experience as 

The NomCom is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's 
community leadership. NomCom works to make sure that, overall, ICANN's 
leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and 
perspective. The basic criteria are that nominees are people of integrity, 
objectivity and judgment, can help group decision-making, can work effectively 
through English, have an understanding of ICANN's mission and work, are 
committed to its success, contribute to cultural, professional and geographic 
expertise, and can work long and hard as volunteers working in the global 
public trust.

The NomCom evaluated over eighty candidates, many of whom were unusually 
strong, against key criteria set out in the ICANN Bylaws. The Committee also 
wanted to include some of those with skills, expertise and experience in some 
of the important new areas where ICANN may face challenges throughout the 
organization over the next few years, including IDNs (internationalized domain 
names). The Committee took very seriously the evolving and increasing 
importance of independent Board directors, and in so doing found itself unable 
to appoint to the Board some very experienced applicants whom it might 
otherwise have wished to do so. 

ICANN Board of Directors

Rajasekar Ramaraj, India (2nd term)

Gonzalo Navarro, Chile

George Sadowsky, United States


James Seng, Malaysian citizen residing in China

Carlton Samuels, Jamaica

Dave Kissoondoyal, Mauritius

GNSO Council

Olga Cavalli, Argentina (2nd term)

Andrey Kolesnikov, Russian Federation

ccNSO Council

J. Beckwith Burr (Becky), United States (2nd term)

The biographies of the Nominees are reproduced below. The nominees will take up 
their positions at the end of ICANN's Annual Meeting in Seoul, Korea on 30 
October 2009.

This year's Nominating Committee received 86 Statements of Interest from 
candidates worldwide during its open nomination period from 2 December 2008 to 
15 April 2009. 71 of the 2009 candidates were men and 15 are women. The 
regional breakdown of this year's candidates was:

* 10 from Africa,
* 24 from Asia/Australia/Pacific
* 23 from Europe
* 12 from Latin America/Caribbean.
* 17 from North America

For more information about NomCom, please visit http://nomcom.icann.org/ 

Glen de Saint Géry
GNSO Secretariat

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