[ICANN-CSC] Retirement from the CSC

Naela Sarras naela.sarras at iana.org
Wed Jul 31 22:30:28 UTC 2019

Dear Byron,


Thank you for your note and if I may echo what Gaurav said, you have been an excellent leader for this group. You helped us all successfully navigate a new territory post the IANA Transition. You fostered a truly collaborative and collegial environment for all of us to work together and feel safe to express our ideas and thoughts on whatever we were trying to figure out.


I have personally learned a lot from you and will truly miss your leadership on the CSC after your term ends.  


Thank you again for all your work to make the CSC a success. We will miss you.


Best regards,



From: ICANN-CSC <icann-csc-bounces at icann.org> on behalf of Gaurav Vedi <gaurav.vedi at gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 1:44 PM
To: Byron Holland <byron.holland at cira.ca>
Cc: Goran Marby <goran.marby at icann.org>, "ICANN-CSC at icann.org" <ICANN-CSC at icann.org>, "ccnso-council at icann.org" <ccnso-council at icann.org>
Subject: Re: [ICANN-CSC] Retirement from the CSC


Hi Byron, 


You have been a great leader and inspiration to us and I really enjoyed working with you !!! 




Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 31, 2019, at 4:34 PM, Byron Holland <byron.holland at cira.ca> wrote:

Dear CSC Colleagues,


This note is to inform you that I will not be standing for re-appointment to the CSC.  I have decided to step down at the end of my term.


It has been an honour to participate in the work of the CSC over the past 3 years.  As we know, the CSC was born out of the uncertain times of the IANA transition and we had not just an important role, but also much work to do in bootstrapping our committee’s culture, norms, and behaviours as well as our processes and procedures.  It was a real working committee and we did the heavy lifting with without drama - we just got the work done!


Over the past three years we have built a strong and positive relationship with the IANA team; we have built out enduring processes that the community can rely on, and, I believe, have served our communities well.


It took many hands to get this all done, starting from an effective Charter Drafting team and the commitment of the GNSO and the ccNSO to make this committee work.  There are many people to thank, but I would certainly like to call out Naela and the IANA team who approached this dramatic change 3 years ago with an open mind and who have worked continuously to live up to the community’s needs as well as continued to improve their services and reporting.  Well done!  To Bart and Ria, who kept the process moving and provided wise counsel on many occasions.  Also, I would like to thank my colleague Allan, who did much heavy lifting and wrote many drafts for the benefit of us all.


Mostly, of course, I would like to thank my colleagues on the CSC, both the Members and the Liaisons, current and former, for their collective commitment to volunteering for this important function, and for doing all the work required to get the Committee and its processes up and running for the benefit of the entire community.  


It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with this team and I am entirely confident the CSC will be in very good hands going forward.


Best regards,





Byron Holland, President & CEO

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

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