RySG Elections 2019

Slate of Candidates

Vice Chair, Administration:

   Beth Bacon, PIR (Sam Demetriou, Verisign nominated - Rubens Kuhl, NIC BR seconded)



   Jonathan Robinson, Afilias (Donna Austin, Neustar nominated - Jonathan Frost, .Club Domains seconded)


GNSO Council Representative:

   Michael Flemming, GMO Registry (Asia Pacific) (Rubens Kuhl, NIC BR nominated - Karen Day, SAS seconded)

   Sebastien Ducos, Neustar (Asia Pacific) (Dirk Krischenowski, dotBerlin nominated-  JC Vignes, Uniregistry seconded)


2020 ICANN Nominating Committee Representative: 

   Kristine Dorrain, Amazon (Paul Diaz, PIR nominated - Martin Sutton, Brand Registry Group seconded)

Vice Chair of Administration. Two year term.

From the RySG Bylaws & Charter: The Voting Members shall elect a Vice Chair of Administration who shall be elected at the RySG meeting following the ICANN annual meeting in odd‐numbered years. The Vice Chair of Administration shall assist the Chair and President in conducting RySG business; and, such duties include, but are not limited to the following: chairing conference calls and/or representing RySG in meetings when the Chair and President, and other Vice Chair are unavailable; managing RySG ballots and elections; conveying information to the Members; performing the duties of the Vice Chair of Policy when necessary; and encouraging prospective Members to join RySG.

Treasurer.  Two year term

From the RySG Bylaws & Charter: The Voting Members shall elect a Treasurer who shall be elected at the RySG meeting following the ICANN annual meeting in odd‐numbered years. The Treasurer shall be responsible for ensuring that proper financial records are kept for RySG, collecting membership fees assessed to Members and preparing and managing annual budgets. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual draft budget and submit it to the Voting Members for approval by vote. In addition, the Treasurer shall have the following duties: (1) The Treasurer shall have the custody of the corporate funds and securities, shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of RySG, and shall deposit all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of RySG into depositories designated by the Board. (2) The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of RySG in accordance with the approved budget and as ordered by the Board, except for additional disbursements and disbursements in amounts of $5,000 or more in excess of the approved budget, in which case the Voting Members must approve such disbursements, and shall prepare financial statements at such intervals as the Board shall direct. The Treasurer shall also be authorized to sign checks, drafts, and other orders for the payment of money. (3) If required by the Board, the Treasurer shall give RySG a bond (in such form, in such sum, and with such surety or sureties as shall be satisfactory to the Board) for the faithful performance of the duties of Treasurer and for the restoration to RySG, in case of the Treasurer’s death, resignation, retirement, or removal from office, of all books, papers, vouchers, money, and other property of whatever kind in the Treasurer’s possession or under the Treasurer’s control belonging to RySG. (4) The Treasurer shall perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the Board may from time to time prescribe, or as the Chair and President may from time to time delegate.

Nominating Committee Representative One-year term.

From the ICANN Bylaws:

SECTION 8 (g) Voting delegates to the Nominating Committee shall be selected from the Generic Names Supporting Organization established by Article 11, as follows:

(i) One delegate from the Registries Stakeholder Group;


Delegates to the ICANN Nominating Committee shall be:

  1. Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity, and intelligence, with reputations for sound judgment and open minds, and with experience and competence with collegial large group decision-making;

  2. Persons with wide contacts, broad experience in the Internet community, and a commitment to the success of ICANN;

  3. Persons whom the selecting body is confident will consult widely and accept input in carrying out their responsibilities;

  4. Persons who are neutral and objective, without any fixed personal commitments to particular individuals, organizations, or commercial objectives in carrying out their Nominating Committee responsibilities;

  5. Persons with an understanding of ICANN's mission and the potential impact of ICANN's activities on the broader Internet community who are willing to serve as volunteers, without compensation other than the reimbursement of certain expenses; and

  6. Persons who are able to work and communicate in written and spoken English.


No person who serves on the Nominating Committee in any capacity shall be eligible for nomination by any means to any position on the Board or any other ICANN body having one or more membership positions that the Nominating Committee is responsible for filling, until the conclusion of an ICANN annual meeting that coincides with, or is after, the conclusion of that person's service on the Nominating Committee.



No person who is an employee of or paid consultant to ICANN (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve in any of the Nominating Committee positions described in Section 8.2.

RySG Representative to the GNSO Council (1 Seat) Two-year term. Current representative, from the LAC region is term limited and ineligible to run again. 

From the RySG Bylaws & Charter: In order to promote broad representational diversity in accordance with principles contained in the ICANN Bylaws, no more than one (1) of the elected RySG Representatives may come from the same geographic region as defined in the ICANN Bylaws.

From the ICANN Bylaws: No more than one officer, director or employee of any particular corporation or other organization (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) shall serve on the GNSO Council at any given time.

From the RySG Bylaws & Charter: Responsibilities.


(a.)  Each RySG Representative is responsible for communicating to the GNSO Council the full range of views of the Active Members of RySG, including, but not limited to, RySG consensus positions, approved in accordance with these Bylaws and Charter.

(b.)  If the Active Members have not approved of RySG’s direction on a substantial issue, RySG Representatives shall either request the GNSO Council for a deferral of the vote, if possible, or abstain from voting in the GNSO Council on that issue until direction is given by the Active Members. In case of doubt whether an issue is substantial, each RySG Representative shall abstain from voting in the GNSO Council on that issue until direction is given by the Active Members. In cases where a RySG position has not been formed or where there are minority positions, then a RySG Representative must state such information and then share the minority positions, as well as his or her own personal view (provided it is identified as such), to the GNSO Council. The RySG Representative shall cast RySG votes in the GNSO Council as determined by Active Members if they have voted on the applicable issue. Article XVI herein includes a table that identifies how RySG Representatives are required to vote on the GNSO Council under various conditions.

(c.)  RySG Representatives are expected to make best efforts to attend all Member meetings, Board meetings, Executive Committee meetings, and GNSO Council meetings. In cases where they miss any such meeting, they are responsible for obtaining the essential information from that meeting in a timely manner. In cases where they are unable to participate in a GNSO Council meeting, they are required to follow the GNSO Operating Procedures to ensure that all efforts are made to ensure that RySG is represented in all votes for which RySG has stated a position. Given the GNSO Council’s size and the voting thresholds that have been defined, it is important that votes of RySG be registered, through RySG elected representatives, on every substantial issue that comes before the GNSO Council for action.

  1. RySG Representatives are expected to:

    1. Actively participate in the regular affairs of the GNSO Council including, inter alia, attending its scheduled meetings, staying abreast of the technical and administrative agenda, engaging in relevant email and live discussions, reading minutes, evaluating reports, listening to meeting recordings (in the event of absence), asking questions that foster learning, voting responsibly on all matters before the GNSO Council, and periodically reviewing the performance of the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the GNSO Council.

    2. Request and receive sufficient information, including support from RySG in order to carry out their responsibilities. When a problem manifests itself or some issue does not make sense, a RySG Representative shall have a duty to inquire into the surrounding facts and circumstances and seek guidance from the Voting Members.

Election Schedule

Nominations Open - 24 May 2019

Nominations Close - 7 June 2019

Voting Proxy Due - 17 June 2019

General Election - 19 June 2019 at RySG biweekly meeting