[council] EPDP Phase 2 Chair Update

Drazek, Keith kdrazek at verisign.com
Wed Apr 10 19:26:35 UTC 2019

Hi all,

This is an important update concerning the EPDP Phase 2 Chair Expressions of Interest (EOI) process.

As you know, the extended call for EOIs closed on Monday, 8 April.

We received a total of two EOIs, one from Chris LaHatte, former ICANN Ombudsman, and another from Janis Karklins, former GAC Chair and current Latvian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

The GNSO Council Leadership Team and the Standing Selection Committee (SSC) Leadership Team met on Tuesday after conducting individual scoring assessments for each candidate. After approximately one hour of discussion and deliberation, we agreed to unanimously recommend that the Council appoint Janis Karklins as EPDP Phase 2 Chair. We are confident in Janis' ability and commitment to perform the EPDP Phase 2 Chair duties in a neutral manner and consistent with the GNSO PDP Operating Procedures. We are also confident Janis will ensure the work is performed efficiently, effectively, and in a timely manner.

Therefore, we will now update the 18 April 2019 GNSO Council agenda to reflect this recommendation and to add Janis Karklins' name to the Consent Agenda item on this topic. If anyone has questions, please raise them prior to the GNSO Council meeting.

We thank both candidates for their willingness to serve.


Keith Drazek

GNSO Chair (on behalf of the GNSO Council Leadership Team and SSC Leadership Team)

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