2016-01-20

What To Do With ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade? ICANN Board Chair Knows

UPDATE Feb 5, 2016: US Senators Cruz, Lankford & Lee Demand Answers From ICANN CEO

UPDATE Jan 22, 2016: Move over Donald Trump! ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé shows he too has perfected the "art of self-promotion" -- Fadi "bags" another one, on ICANN's dime, to add to his "Portfolio"--FADI CHEHADÉ ANNOUNCEMENT - Press release | World Economic Forum: "Geneva, Switzerland, 22 January 2016 – The World Economic Forum, the international organization for public-private cooperation, today announced that Fadi Chehadé, outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will join as senior advisor to the Executive Chairman ..." -- for more "background" see DomainMondo.com: LIVE video: World Economic Forum NETmundial Initiative and After Wuzhen, Should ICANN President & CEO Fadi Chehade Be Fired?
photos of ICANN Board Chairman Dr. Stephen Crocker, and Fadi Chehade, ICANN President & CEO
Above left: ICANN Board Chairman Dr. Stephen Crocker; above right: Fadi Chehade, ICANN President & CEO
(photos source: Icannphotos CC BY-SA 2.0)
After a prolonged silence following the negative reactions to the ICANN CEO's Wuzhen shenanigans, a Monday blog post on the ICANN website by ICANN Board Chairman Steve Crocker indicates how ICANN has been dealing with, and will continue to deal with, the current ICANN CEO, until he leaves, as agreed, on March 12, 2016.

Here is Domain Mondo's analysis and deconstruction of Dr. Crocker's post entitled "An Update on CEO Succession"--
"Our search for the next CEO is proceeding ... though I cannot say much more now" 
The title of the post and opening paragraphs disclose that the ICANN Board's priority and focus is selection of the next CEO of ICANN, not the antics of the person who currently holds that title.
"[T]he ICANN organization continues its energetic pace of work" 
Rather than be distracted by the embarrassing and inappropriate conduct of the ICANN CEO at Wuzhen, it will continue to be "business as usual"  for ICANN staff and the ICANN organization.
"Fadi Chehadé our President and CEO who will be with us until March 12, 2016"
Fadi Chehade will not be fired (termination of the ICANN CEO at this critical juncture in the IANA transition could raise red flags indicative of the true depth of ICANN's flaws and dysfunctions), but make no mistake, Fadi Chehade will not be ICANN President and CEO after March 12, 2016.
"Fadi has a full run up to his final day and his last meeting, ICANN55 in Marrakech ... last week Fadi was in Washington D.C. and New York meeting with media, think tanks, stakeholders and the NTIA to discuss the IANA Stewardship Transition. Fadi will be continuing the engagement and briefings on the transition leading our delegations to the World Economic Forum in Davos this week and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February"
The ICANN Board will keep Fadi very busy, on a tight leash, and out of the ICANN offices in Los Angeles as much as possible, through March 12, accompanied at all times while outside the U.S., by 'our delegations' (i.e., 'adult supervision').
"Fadi has informed the Board of his future plans once he leaves ICANN and that there may be one or two additional announcements with respect to part-time advisory roles in the global Internet governance space in the coming weeks"  
Fadi has agreed to keep the ICANN Board fully informed and apprised of his future plans--there will not be any more surprise announcements by Fadi via his ICANN President Twitter account like he made in Wuzhen.
"[W]e are also along with the whole community very focused on all aspects of the IANA Stewardship Transition ... I look forward to updating you again in the coming weeks on our CEO succession" (emphasis added) 
Let's all keep the main thing the main thing, and not be further distracted by Fadi Chehade.

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