President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Search Committee
ICANN is seeking an experienced technology executive to become its Chief Executive Officer and lead its worldwide Internet technical coordination program. The position offers the opportunity to work closely with leaders of the international community to maintain stable growth, continued innovation, and expanding outreach of the Internet everywhere.
The current President and CEO of ICANN, Stuart Lynn, agreed to hold this position for two years. The ICANN Board of Directors is now seeking candidates to succeed him in this role and to commit to a 3 year term, renewable thereafter on an annual basis.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a non-profit, private-sector corporation formed in 1998 by a broad coalition of the Internet's business, technical, academic, and user communities. The US Government recognized ICANN as the global consensus entity to absorb the functions of and 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 and root server system, the allocation of IP address space, and the assignment of protocol parameters.
ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition in aspects of Domain Name Management; to achieving broad representation of the global Internet community in policy development; and to coordinating policy development through private-sector, consensus-based means.
Specifically, ICANN is responsible for the coordination of the stable and secure operation of the Internet in three key areas: the Domain Name System (DNS) and its associated system of root servers; the allocation of IP address space; and the coordination of protocol parameter assignment for the TCP/IP protocol suite.
ICANN's mandate is not to "run the Internet." Rather, it is to provide a framework for central coordination of only those specific technical, managerial, and policy development tasks that require it: the assignment of globally unique top-level domain names, addresses, and protocol parameters as well as oversight of the procedures for populating the DNS root zone file. The latter procedure includes a required approval step by the US Department of Commerce.
ICANN is incorporated in California and holds US IRS 501(c)(3) status. ICANN has established its offices in Marina del Rey, California, USA [in Los Angeles]. Further information about ICANN can be found at http://www.icann.org.
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.
For the past four years, ICANN's Board of Directors, staff, and the Internet Community have worked to implement the transition from the former technical management system, which had been authorized and funded by the US Government, to a new private/public international system. Two aspects of ICANN have received extended deliberation: how to incorporate informed participation of a broad range of Internet users and how the proper roles of governments and other public authorities relate to the role of ICANN. Special attention has also been focused on matters such as security, internationalized domain names, the introduction of new top level domain names, and the introduction of competition among the domain-name-system service providers.
The initial structure of ICANN included a governing board, three Supporting Organizations (the Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO), the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and the Protocol Supporting Organization (ASO)) which collectively represented the broad cross-section for the global Internet's technical, academic, business, and user communities. It also included two standing Advisory Committees (the Government Advisory Committee and Root Server Advisory Committee). A Security Advisory Committee was added to this list in 2001.
ICANN's current governing board consists of 19 members drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and nations. Of these, one is the CEO, 5 were selected by a public-voting process, 4 were retained from the original 9 board members named upon creation of the corporation in late 1998, and 9 were chosen by the three supporting organizations.
In February 2002, ICANN initiated an evolution and reform process to address problems that were affecting its effective operation. ICANN's President identified the principal problems and offered a proposal for reform for consideration by the Board and the community. A Board-appointed Evolution and Reform committee (ERC) engaged in extensive consultation with the community and then offered a blueprint for reform that was approved in June. After further extensive interaction with the community, bylaw revisions for a substantial part of the reform were approved in October. Some important aspects remain under consideration at present. Specific implementation of the reforms will be addressed at a Board meeting in December 2002.
This process will yield (1) a refined and clearly articulated statement of mission and core values [see Appendix A]; (2) a restructured governing board and board selection process; (3) clarification and improvement of the relationships with various parts of the Internet community; and (4) improvement of the organization's transparency, accountability, and policy-making processes.
The revision in organizational structure will result in new or revised advisory committees and Supporting Organizations and a 15-member Board of Directors, including the CEO, and 6 additional non-voting liaisons. Eight of the Directors are to be appointed by an 18-member Nominating Committee (made up of individuals drawn from many of the Internet/ICANN constituencies). The remaining six Directors are to be appointed (two each) by the Address Supporting Organization, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and the Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccCNSO). The six non-voting liaisons are to be appointed (one each) by the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), The Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), the Technical Liaison Group (TLG), the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The transition to the revised structure is expected to take place over the next three to six months.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN is in charge of all its activities and business. The President serves as an ex-officio member of the Board and has the same rights and privileges as any Board member. The CEO is accountable to the Board of Directors for the effective and efficient operation of ICANN, and for conformity of ICANN's operations with its Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation as well as with policies agreed by the Board. The Directors serve as individuals who have the duty to act in what they reasonably believe are the best interests of ICANN and the fulfilment of its responsibilities and not as representatives of the entity that selected them for service, their employers or any other organization of constituencies.
The 2002-2003 budget authorizes total expenditures of US$6.2 Million and a staff of 27. Funding for ICANN's operation is provided through contractual agreements with Generic Domain Name Registries and Registrars and certain ccTLD operators and by voluntary contributions from address registries and ccTLD operators that have not yet entered into formal agreements with ICANN. Support may also be provided by sponsorships or grants from other organizations or individuals.
The successful candidate is likely to have many if not all the qualities and experience outlined below, combined with an enthusiasm for ICANN's purposes and the energy to achieve them.
The mission of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. In particular, ICANN:
In performing its mission, the following core values should guide the decisions and actions of ICANN:
These core values are deliberately expressed in very general terms, so that they may provide useful and relevant guidance in the broadest possible range of circumstances. Because they are not narrowly prescriptive, the specific way in which they apply, individually and collectively, to each new situation will necessarily depend on many factors that cannot be fully anticipated or enumerated; and because they are statements of principle rather than practice, situations will inevitably arise in which perfect fidelity to all eleven core values simultaneously is not possible. Any ICANN body making a recommendation or decision shall exercise its judgment to determine which core values are most relevant and how they apply to the specific circumstances of the case at hand, and to determine, if necessary, an appropriate and defensible balance among competing values.
1. Note: The Core Values of ICANN may be found at http://www.icann.org/committees/evol-reform/proposed-bylaws-02oct02.htm#I and in Appendix A.
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