[council] Topic for Senegal Board-GNSO Council Meeting

Jonathan Robinson jonathan.robinson at ipracon.com
Tue Jul 19 09:35:15 UTC 2011

My perspective on the board discussion in Singapore was that it was very


We went down the path of discussing or possibly the board responded by
discussing the issues around confidential information and the effectiveness
or not of staff contracts in dealing with this.


My understanding was that the issue we had intended to discuss was conflicts
of interest, particularly for ICANN board and senior staff / executive
management, and what if any, effective corporate governance was in place to
manage and deal with this.


If I am correct in my understanding, we were either insufficiently clear in
communicating our topic of discussion or alternatively, the board was
unwilling or unable to discuss it. Regardless, I agree with Stéphane that
there was a distinct sense of “closed topic”.


The big question really revolves around corporate governance best practice
at ICANN.  How well is this understood, managed and kept current?


Trust that this input provides a little further insight.


Best wishes,





From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On
Behalf Of Stéphane Van Gelder
Sent: 19 July 2011 07:14
To: Rosemary Sinclair
Cc: Rosette, Kristina; council at gnso.icann.org
Subject: Re: [council] Topic for Senegal Board-GNSO Council Meeting


I agree that clarifications would be useful here.


We discussed the revolving door issue with the Board in Singapore. I don't
know about others, but I got the feeling the Board felt that all that there
was to say on the subject had been said.


Of course at the time we were talking about ICANN Staff, not Board members.


So Kristina and others, if you could be more specific on the actual wording
of the topic you are requesting for the Dakar agenda, I'm sure that would be
useful to Jeff, who is handling our agenda for Dakar.








Le 19 juil. 2011 à 00:12, Rosemary Sinclair a écrit :

Hi Kristina et al


Would you mind giving us some more background on the concerns here?


I might not be thinking about the right problem...




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On 19/07/2011, at 12:12 AM, "Rosette, Kristina" <krosette at cov.com> wrote:

I'd like to see the revolving door topic on the agenda again, please.





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