[council] RE: Salary increase to $900,000 for ICANN CEO

john at crediblecontext.com john at crediblecontext.com
Sun Aug 3 22:25:58 UTC 2014

This is pretty much a "by-the-numbers" approach to setting Mr. Chehade's salary.  In fact, with an FY15 budget showing about $170 million US in revenue, studies show it could have been a couple hundred thousand more.  I am sure the Board feels it has exercised discretion. This is reinforced by the fact that the CEO has to hit his performance marks to reach the total. 
Mr. Chehade has publicly committed to letting the community participate in his performance review, but I have not yet seen the invitation.  If I sound skeptical, it is because I am and because, even though the compensation can be easily justified by what others in his position make, it ignores the potential moderating effect of a likely supply of existing talent who would no doubt be equally able to get the job done.  This is a common problem for businesses who seek to measure continuity by executive terms of service rather than investing in a shared commitment to the mission.
Here in the U.S., baseball uses a performance measure called "Wins Above Replacement" (WAR) to assesses the value of a player. It seeks to answer the question: "How many wins does a player create over-and-above the number of games his team would win if he were replaced?"  Really good players are at 5 or 6 WAR, the superstars are at 10.  I wonder what Fadi's WAR would be?
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From: "Phil Corwin" <psc at vlaw-dc.com>
Date: 8/3/14 2:37 pm
To: "bc-private icann.org (bc-private at icann.org)" <bc-private at icann.org>

FYI. Good post from Stephane.
 The Board gave itself a raise as well.
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