The ICANN Board met on July 30th and decided to up the level of compensation its members receive.
Board members will now be eligible to claim $45,000US annual compensation. This comes after the Board’s August 2010 decision to compensate its Chair (that position is awarded $75,000 a year). In December 2011, the Board approved a proposal to compensate “ordinary” members to the tune of $35,000 a year.
The idea that one group, albeit the Board, decides its own level of compensation which is paid with the Internet community’s money, is a touchy subject to say the least. This time around, the Board was extremely cautious before taking the decision to up its “pay”.
It worked with two independent valuation experts to determine what the right level of compensation might be considering the amount of time Board members spend on ICANN-related activities.
Not all Board members accept this compensation. ICANN’s tax return for the Fiscal Year 2013 shows that in that term, the following Board members did not accept any compensation for their work: Chris Disspain, Judith Vazquez, Raj Ramaraj and Bruce Tonkin.