Christopher Mill & Partners of London have been retained by the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to identify candidates to succeed Michael Roberts as President and Chief Executive Officer. Inquiries, expressions of interest, and recommendations of possible candidates should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a non-profit, private sector corporation formed by a broad coalition of the Internet's business, technical, academic, and user communities. ICANN has been recognized by the U.S. Government as the global consensus entity to succeed the US Government-sponsored Internet Assigned Numbers Authority that for many years co-ordinated the technical management of the Internet's domain name system, the allocation of IP address space, the assignment of protocol parameters, and the management of the root server system.
ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of the global Internet community; and to coordinating policy through private-sector, consensus-based means.
ICANN is a non-profit corporation with a 19-member volunteer Board of Directors. Its Board has worked to pave the way for a smooth and stable transition from the present technical management system, which has been authorized and funded by the US Government, to a new privatized international system. The Chairman and Directors have been drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and nations.
In early November 1999, ICANN's nine-member Initial Board was joined by nine newly-elected Directors chosen by ICANN's three supporting organizations:
which collectively represent a broad cross-section of the global Internet's business, technical, academic, and user communities. In addition, ICANN has recently launched its At Large Membership initiative, that will be responsible for choosing At-Large Directors to replace those on the Initial Board. By November 2000, the first round of At-Large elections will choose five At-Large Directors.
In the past, many of the essential technical coordination functions of the Internet were handled on an ad hoc basis by the U.S. government, its contractors and volunteers. This informal structure represented the spirit and culture of the research community in which the Internet developed. However, the growing international importance of the Internet has necessitated the creation of a technical management and policy development body that is both more formalized in structure, more accountable, and more fully reflective of the diversity of the world's Internet communities. Specifically, ICANN is responsible for co-ordination of the stable operation of the Internet in four key areas: the Domain Name System (DNS); the allocation of IP address space; the management of the root server system; and the co-ordination of protocol number assignment.
ICANN's mandate is not to "run the Internet." Rather, it is to co-ordinate the management of only those specific technical, managerial and policy development tasks that require central coordination -- the assignment of globally unique names, addresses, and protocol parameters as well as oversight of the procedures for populating the Domain Name System root server database.
ICANN has established its offices in Marina del Rey, California. Further information about ICANN is available at www.icann.org.
The current President and CEO, Michael Roberts, agreed to hold the position in the start-up phase of ICANN and during the transition to the elected Board of Directors. The Board is now seeking candidates to succeed him as President and CEO.
The CEO is accountable to the Chairman and Board of Directors for the effective and efficient operation of ICANN, and for conformity of ICANNs operations with its Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation as well as with policies agreed by the Board.
Key elements of the position are:
Leadership - external
Leadership - internal
The successful candidate is likely to have many if not all the qualities and experience outlined below, combined with an enthusiasm for ICANNs purposes and the energy to achieve them.
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