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    ICANN Staff and Structure ICANN Head Count Soars
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 02 2004, @07:01PM

    dmehus writes "A recent check of the ICANN Staff page shows ICANN's official head count has soared to 29, just missing a significant marker of 30. Just a year ago though, ICANN's staff totalled in the low 20s, showing that there has been a net addition of seven to eight employees.

    To be fair, ICANN does have a large budget and can certainly afford to make new hires. However, with a budget expected to surpass $10 million this year, it really goes to the heart of a rapid bubbling cash flow and an ever increasing bureaucracy. Moreover, under Dr. Twomey's leadership, ICANN now has more vice presidents, general managers, and administrators than ever before (with several more on the way; it has yet to hire its general manager for the Brussels office, nor has it hired its ombudsman and also has plans for another system/network engineer)."

    "Some noteworthy changes:
    • There is no longer a Chief Registrar Liaison. Ellen Sondheim handles those duties alone as sole Registrar Liaison.
    • Daniel Halloran's official title is now Deputy General Counsel, which perhaps is a good move and better reflects his lawyer credentials. Moreover, given the ever-increasing lawsuits against the "little" not-for-profit "public benefit" corporation from Marina del Rey, California, ICANN probably felt that it needed not one, but two, in-house staff attorneys.
    • When ICANN posted staff opportunities on its Web site six months ago, it was seeking a General Manager, Public Participation. That position has been filled, but apparently, it has expanded duties. Kieran Baker, who was recently hired away from CNN where he worked as an editor and producer in their Hong Kong and London bureaus, is now General Manager, Communications and Public Participation. So, he is clearly the new Mary Hewitt.
    • Adding to the general manager trend, Theresa Swinehart has been promoted from a legal affairs consultant to General Manager, Global Partnerships. As well, ICANNWatch recently reported that ICANN is seeking another general manager to manage its Brussels office.
    • In a move I can only describe as crazy "spin doctoring," Paul Verhoef is now Vice President, Policy Development Support. Only four months ago, he was hired as Vice President, Supporting Organizations and Committee Support to reflect and fulfill Paul Twomey's vision for a new (and obviously expanded) structure at ICANN.
    • Its IANA function is now run by three people (one general manager and two administrators, though one is on maternity leave). IANA also has two secretaries dedicated to its function, meaning five people work for the IANA. It was only a year ago when IANA had one administrator and one secretary, who also handled administrative duties for ICANN.

    With that said, it appears ICANN is hiring more staff to do more jobs in-house and is bucking a trend in the IT industry. It clearly favours onshore in-sourcing."

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    Comment Above is Very Unfair to Postel
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Wednesday March 03 2004, @06:58AM (#13066)
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    I think the evidence is pretty clear that ICANN was formed in substantial part to give Postel legal protection against lawsuits; there is not a shred of evidence that he was in it for the money. Rather, this is another way in which today's ICANN would likely horrify him.
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    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Thursday March 04 2004, @11:19AM (#13073)
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    OK, but the staff contingent has more than soared since Jon Postel, it's gone up like a rocket. They're passed the Moon now, let's hope they're only going to Mars. Perhaps it's part of Vint Cerf's interplanety internet project, they intend to sign any found lifeforms to pay and obey contracts before they know any better. -g
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