The ICANN Board has a crucial decision to make this year : finding a suitable replacement for Steve Crocker. One of the “fathers of the Internet”, Crocker has chaired the ICANN Board for the last 6 years. He is term limited and can no longer serve in this position.
So at the ICANN annual general assembly (AGM) due to be held in Abu Dhabi starting October 28, the Board will be selecting a new Chair. In a drive towards greater transparency in its decision-making processes, the Board has already announced who the new Chair will be.
Current Vice Chair Cherine Chalaby will replace Steve Crocker, with former AuDA* CEO Chris Disspain replacing Chalaby as Vice Chair.
Crocker has served on the ICANN Board since 2008. Chalaby joined the Board in December 2010 and has 2 years left to run before his term ends at the 2019 ICANN AGM. He was selected to the Board by ICANN’s Nominating Committee, an independent body tasked with recruiting to half the ICANN Board and other key ICANN community groups.
*AuDA runs Australia’s Internet suffix .AU.