[CCWG-ACCT] [WP1] updated paper: Recall of the ICANN Board

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Thu Jul 23 21:09:42 UTC 2015

That is not my understanding.

First, let's be clear about nomenclature. "Interim" members occupy 
board seats immediately after the board recall. They are then 
(possibly) replaced by others according to the AC/SO/NomCom processes 
to finish the term of the removed director. I say "possibly" because 
in some cases, that term may already be almost over.

Coming out of Paris, the NomCom would name zero Interim Directors. 
Today, I think it was left that they optionally could name some.

In my mind, it makes no sense to used up the candidates that the 
NomCom may be holding in its back pocket (so to speak) on Interim 
appointments. That is a waste.  These vetted and quality people 
should be replacements who sit out the rest of the term.

Note that it is conceivable that at any given time, the NomCom may 
have no people to name immediately. They may have kept a few names 
for emergency appointments, but there is no guarantee that they are 
really available at the moment they are needed. People's lives move on.

On another matter, one thing we have not discussed at all is how 
Interim appointments and Replacement appointments (finishing the 
terms) are counted with regard to term limits.


At 23/07/2015 02:41 PM, Greg Shatan wrote:
>I think this point has moved on a bit, based on the call earlier 
>today.  The NomCom will not be putting up alternates.  I believe 
>where we are now is that the NomCom will (in the event of a spill) 
>put up at least two and possibly up to eight interim directors at 
>that time.  I'm not sure but they may have the option of not putting 
>up directors at all, but I think that did not come out on top in the call.
>NomCom gets more good candidates than they nominate, so there is a 
>pool from which to draw on, should the time ever come.
>I think this is right or close to it, but the next draft should clear this up.
>On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM, Seun Ojedeji 
><<mailto:seun.ojedeji at gmail.com>seun.ojedeji at gmail.com> wrote:
>I agree with this as well, although I thought there was clear 
>direction on this subject in Paris.
>Sent from Google nexus 4
>kindly excuse brevity and typos.
>On 23 Jul 2015 7:23 pm, "Cherine Chalaby" 
><<mailto:cherine.chalaby at icann.org>cherine.chalaby at icann.org> wrote:
>I agree. It does not make sense to ask NomCom to nominate 
>alternates.   Cherine
>>On 23 Jul 2015, at 15:23, Marilyn Cade 
>><<mailto:marilynscade at hotmail.com>marilynscade at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>I agree with not asking the NomCom to put up alternates. Spilling 
>>the Board should be so exceptional and a smaller exe board should 
>>be able to then launch a process, which could result in both 
>>elections and in appointments.
>> > Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:13:13 +0100
>> > From: <mailto:malcolm at linx.net>malcolm at linx.net
>> > To: <mailto:jordan at internetnz.net.nz>jordan at internetnz.net.nz; 
>> <mailto:wp1 at icann.org>wp1 at icann.org; 
>> <mailto:accountability-cross-community at icann.org>accountability-cross-community at icann.org
>> > Subject: Re: [CCWG-ACCT] [WP1] updated paper: Recall of the ICANN Board
>> >
>> >
>> > On 23/07/2015 11:18, Jordan Carter wrote:
>> > > See my edits in the files beginning with 2015-07-23.
>> >
>> > One comment: I thought the general view in Paris was that NomCom would
>> > not nominate members of an interim Board. I doubt the practicality of
>> > requiring it to do so.
>> >
>> > That seems to have changed; perhaps I missed some discussion. Or
>> > misperceived the general view.
>> >
>> > Requiring NomCom to put up alternates at the AGM creates the "people
>> > standing in the shadows waiting for a chance" that were mentioned as a
>> > prospect to be avoided, and was accepted as a reason for not requiring
>> > SOs and ACs to nominate alternates with every appointment.
>> >
>> > Moreover, how will NomCom find people willing to commit to drop
>> > everything and become an interim director in the unlikely event of a
>> > Board spill, knowing that it is highly unlikely this will ever come to
>> > pass?
>> >
>> > It is surely much easier to ask someone "Will you agree to serve as a
>> > director now?" than "Will you agree to serve as a director in an
>> > unspecified number of months, should some very unlikely event come to
>> > pass?".
>> >
>> > For these reasons, I think that excusing NomCom from nominating interim
>> > directors is a better choice.
>> >
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