RE: [registrars] Nomination
Michael and all,
thank you very much for thinking of me, it indeed would be an honor for me to serve our industry and the whole community on the ICANN NomCom.
Due to an emergency in my family I wasn't able to place my statement to the list earlier, I apologize for the delay.
I believe that quite a number of you know me but for those who don't just a few words about myself: I've been around in ICANN and it's formation process from the very beginning. It was the formation of ICANN itself and of the DNSO were I was most actively involved, e.g. initiating top level support where needed (EU commission, industry voices, financial and organizational support). But that's long ago... Today, representing a tiny registrar in our constituency, it is my objective to work for a level playing field for all participants in the market and to emphasize on market development through technological and service improvements. I still believe in the basic values ICANN stands for, but it's also a bunch of work to identify and correct erroneous trends in this field.
Although the registrar I represent is diminutive in size the corporation it is part of is rather the exact opposite: Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's largest telco. DT's registrar is part of the corporation's Network Information Center which I set up in it's present form together with my team 5 years ago (besides, we are operating the RIPE area's largest LIR, too). Today I'm responsible for research and development in this area as well as for developing technological strategies. Hence, it's also part of my job to assist our corporation's decision makers. Bridging company strategy, technology, politics and regulation to achieve certain goals brings me close to a lot of very different people from these areas on a regular basis. I also represent DT in DENIC, Germany's ccTLD registry co-op, presently devoting most of my DENIC-time to the German ENUM trial (which needs some push...).
Because the corporation I work for is known for its cautious actions as well as for my personal work over the last few years I am consulted from time to time from parties (nationally and internationally, government and non-gov) who are in need of a kind of neutral assistance.
Well, I hope this gives you an idea of who I am - I didn't want to write a "pick me because" [thank you Elliott for this phrase :-) ].
I'm of course willing to answer any questions you might have, be it via email or via phone.
Deutsche Telekom AG
Network Information Center
Ammerländer Heerstrasse 138
26129 Oldenburg, Germany
Phone: +49 441 234-4570
Fax: +49 431 7163-9269
From: Michael D. Palage [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 7:13 PM
Subject: [registrars] Nomination
As discussed in Registrar Executive Committee minutes from last week, the
Registrar Constituency needs to select a delegate to serve on the ICANN
Nominating Committee. This Nominating Committee is tasked under the new
ICANN by-laws with the important responsibility of selecting half of the
ICANN Board directors. In accordance with the ICANN by-laws this delegate
should have the following credentials:
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
After careful consideration I would like to nominate for consideration
Henning Grote of Deutsche Telekom AG for this position. I believe Henning is
uniquely qualified to serve in this capacity. Henning has been active in the
Registrar Constituency since its inception. Although Henning is not a vocal
advocate on some of the major issues we have addressed, he has attended
almost every Registrar meeting. I have found his feedback on various issues
invaluable over the years. I believe that his experience working for an
international telecommunication infrastructure provider and registrar is
critical and meets the requirements set forth for this position in the
by-laws. I also believe that Henning being a European delegate is important
Michael D. Palage