Historical Resolution Tracking Feature » Officer Compensation

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Officer Compensation

Resolution of the ICANN Board
Officer Compensation

Board grants the President and CEO the discretion to adjust the CIO's compensation for FY17, effective 1 July 2016

Administration and Budget
Meeting Date: 
Tue, 13 Dec 2016
Resolution Number: 
Resolution Text: 

Whereas, the attraction and retention of high caliber staff is essential to ICANN's operations and ICANN desires to ensure competitive compensation for staff.

Whereas, each Board member has confirmed that they are not conflicted with respect to compensation package for the CIO.

Resolved (2016.12.13.08), the Board grants the President and CEO the discretion to adjust the CIO's compensation for FY17, effective 1 July 2016, by an amount up to an additional 3%, which is consistent with ICANN's remuneration practices as evidenced by the independent compensation expert information on comparable compensation, subject to a limitation that the CIO's FY17 base salary shall not increase by more than 3% of his current FY17 base salary.

Rationale for Resolution: 

Attracting and retaining high caliber staff by providing a competitive compensation package is crucial to the organization. An improving job market will make more opportunities available for high caliber performers outside of ICANN.

ICANN's President and CEO has requested that he be granted the discretion to increase the FY17 base salary, effective 1 July 2016, of the CIO by up to 3% of his current FY17 base salary. This amount is in alignment with the actions taken by the President and CEO with respect to the other members of ICANN's Executive Team who are not Officers (which does not require Board approval).

ICANN is in a critical phase that calls for continuity of certain skill and expertise, particularly with ongoing key projects including the New gTLD Program, the organizational and other reviews underway, the recently concluded IANA stewardship transition, expanding contractual compliance, and enhanced globalization efforts, among many others. Each of these projects requires knowledgeable and skilled executives to ensure ICANN's operational goals and objectives are met while ensuring that risk is mitigated to the greatest extent possible. Adhering to ICANN's employment philosophy, and providing competitive compensation, will help ensure these goals are achieved.

Continuity and retention of key personnel during key organization phases is beneficial to all aspects of the organization. Thus, salary adjustments provided under this resolution likely will have a positive impact on the organization and its effort to fulfill its mission, as well as on the transparency and accountability of the organization. There will be some fiscal impact to the organization, but that impact will not have an effect on the overall current fiscal year budget. This resolution will not have any direct impact on the security, stability and resiliency of the domain name system.

This is an Organizational Administrative function that does not require public comment.