ICANN has announced its picks for chair and chair-elect of its influential Nominating Committee, raising questions about the latter role for not the first time.
The board of directors has picked Vanda Scartezini as chair and Amir Qayyum as chair elect, according to a newly published resolution.
It’s the third time in recent years that the previous year’s chair-elect, in this case Damon Ashcraft, has not gone on to become chair, as the ICANN bylaws anticipate.
The bylaws say that the chair-elect, who does not have a vote, is basically an apprentice to the chair who spends a year on the committee to prepare her or him for the big seat. The bylaws also say that the ICANN board can pick another person for chair if it wants to.
In this case, while Scartezini was on the 2022 committee she was not chair-elect.
Something similar happened last year, when the board picked 2021 chair-elect Tracy Hackshaw for chair, then changed its mind two weeks later.
It also caused a controversy in the 2015 cycle when it snubbed Ron Andruff.
The NomCom is responsible for picking several leadership roles in the ICANN community, including three directors per year.
New chair Scartezini is from the At-Large community and Brazil. Qayyum is from the root server community and Pakistan.