[council] Nomination for Board Seat 14

Avri Doria avri at psg.com
Thu Jan 24 22:34:03 UTC 2008


Yes, I beleive it does.


On 24 Jan 2008, at 23:22, Adrian Kinderis wrote:

> Excellent Chuck.
> Does this require a second from the GNSO Council?
> Adrian Kinderis
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> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
> ] On Behalf Of Gomes, Chuck
> Sent: Friday, 25 January 2008 6:11 AM
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> Subject: [council] Nomination for Board Seat 14
> Attached as an MS Word file and copied below is my nomination of  
> Rita Rodin for Board seat 14.
> Chuck Gomes
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> Nomination for ICANN Board Seat 14
> 1a. Full name of the nominee: Rita Rodin
> 1b. E-mail address of the nominee: RRODIN at skadden.com
> 1c. Country of citizenship of nominee:  USA
> 2a. Full name of the nominator: Chuck Gomes
> 2b. E-mail address of the nominator: cgomes at verisign.com
> Description of Qualifications
> Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3, Criteria for Selection of Directors
> Rita was selected as an ICANN Director in 2005 by the GNSO because  
> she was deemed to meet the requisite qualifications as detailed in  
> the Bylaws.  During her first term as a director, the original  
> assessment of her qualifications has been strongly reinforced by her  
> performance as a Board member.
> Her primary responsibility as director is her fiduciary  
> responsibilities to the ICANN Corporation.  Throughout her first  
> term, she has been a key contributor in the Board’s decision-making  
> processes.  While I am sure that Rita, just like all directors in  
> such a diverse environment, has made some decisions with which some  
> may disagree, there is absolutely no basis for questioning her  
> integrity in any of those decisions.  She grappled hard with some of  
> the decisions but carefully weighed all the facts and came to  
> conclusions that she was convinced were the best for ICANN and for  
> the community.
> Her openness has been demonstrated by her willingness to discuss  
> issues with anyone, including many cases where she sought out  
> opposing views. Her objectivity has been shown by the fact that she  
> would raise competing view points during deliberations and always  
> tried to motivate collaboration that would lead to win-win solutions.
> Based on her previous experience, we knew from the start that she  
> had an excellent understanding of both ICANN’s mission and the  
> Internet community that ICANN serves.  And that understanding has  
> been used repeatedly in support of sound decision-making by the Board.
> From a GNSO perspective, Rita is one of just a handful of directors  
> who have first hand knowledge about several critical areas:
> 	• The operation of registries and registrars
> 	• Policy development procedures (e.g., she provided drafting  
> assistance for the UDRP and helped draft the first GNSO PDP; I won’t  
> hold the latter against her!)
> 	• Intellectual property and privacy rights
> 	• International business issues
> 	• Contract law and contract negotiations.
> At the same time, even though she has special expertise and interest  
> in the above areas, there is no evidence indicating that she favored  
> stakeholders in one area over another.  She sought input from all  
> sides and evaluated data from various and competing sources before  
> making decisions.
> Whereas her role on the Board is not to represent the GNSO, she has  
> done the following that have been of great benefit to the GNSO:
> ·         Helped fellow directors in understanding gTLD issues and  
> processes
> ·         Participated in many GNSO Council meetings
> ·         Met regularly with leaders of the GNSO Council to listen  
> and to communicate.
> Bylaws, Article VI, Section 4, Additional Qualifications
> Note, as defined in this section that Rita is NOT:
> 	• An official or employee of a national government or a  
> multinational entity
> 	• Serving in any capacity (including as a liaison) on any  
> Supporting Organization Council
> 	• Serving in any capacity on the Nominating Committee.
> Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5, International Representation
> Regarding international representation:
> 	• As a citizen of the United States, Rita comes from a different  
> geographical region than Bruce Tonkin, the other GNSO elected  
> director, who comes from the Asia Pacific region.
> 	• In her private work as a partner in Skadden’s Intellectual  
> Property and Technology and Internet and E-Commerce practices,  
> Rita’s responsibilities include structuring and negotiating domestic  
> and international transactions with a focus on technology and  
> trademarks; she has handled matters for companies ranging from  
> startups to global institutions.
> Conclusion
> Regardless of a director’s qualifications, he or she can only be  
> effective through consistent and active participation in Board and  
> community activities.  Rita has done this well, including remote  
> participation when limited by physical injuries caused by an accident.
> Regarding Board activity, Rita is currently serving on the following  
> Board committees:
> 	• Audit Committee
> 	• Board Governance Committee (including the GNSO Improvements  
> working group)
> 	• Reconsideration Committee
> 	• Executive Committee.
> There is a learning curve for new directors on any board.   
> Considering Rita’s outstanding performance and active role on the  
> current Board, it would be unfortunate to lose the advantages of  
> continuity of her service by not re-electing her to a second term.

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