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ICANN director quits, no reason given

Kevin Murphy, October 9, 2013, 09:23:16 (UTC), Domain Policy

Judith Vazquez has resigned from ICANN’s board of directors, a year before her term was due to expire, but ICANN has provided no explanation.

Vazquez joined the board in 2011, when she was appointed by the Nominating Committee. She had served two years of her three-year ICANN term and had one year left.

This week ICANN said, in a notice from general counsel John Jeffrey:

Judith Duavit Vasquez has formally notified me, as Secretary, that she has resigned from the ICANN Board. She has indicated that the effective date of her resignation will be Monday, 7 October 2013.

ICANN didn’t say why Vazquez, who was recruited by the Nominating Committee in 2011, had resigned.

Vazquez is a Filipino businesswomen with, according to her ICANN resume, experience developing the internet in her native country.

Vasquez was on the New gTLD Program Committee, which makes decisions for the board about new gTLDs.

Her company had originally applied for a new gTLD, which excluded her from the committee on conflict of interest grounds, but the the application was withdrawn before Reveal Day.

It will be up to this year’s Nominating Committee to find a replacement to fill in for the remainder of her term.

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  1. I wonder: can you be a NOMCOM member and represent a new gTLD applicant?

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