[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Implementing Term Limits for the ARIN Board of Trustees

Mike Burns mike at iptrading.com
Thu Dec 2 16:14:32 EST 2021

Hi John,


I prefer expanding the size of the board over term limits, but if the board stays the same size I support 9 year term limits.

I would prefer the limits apply to current board members.

Thanks to Andrew Dul for the analysis.


In reference to the NomCom discussion, since the NomCom calendar begins so early I would hope to see that discussion sooner rather than later.







From: John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> 
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2021 4:00 PM
To: Mike Burns <mike at iptrading.com>
Cc: Robert E. Seastrom <rs at seastrom.com>; Paul Andersen <paul at arin.net>; arin-consult at arin.net
Subject: Re: [ARIN-consult] Consultation on Implementing Term Limits for the ARIN Board of Trustees


On 2 Dec 2021, at 3:16 PM, Mike Burns <mike at iptrading.com <mailto:mike at iptrading.com> > wrote:


In addition to the scope of the NomCom discussion, can we know when “soon” is?


Mike -  


As noted in the attached message about this consultation series, there is a short list of topics that are being finalized for consideration by the Board for possible consultation with the community to improve ARIN’s governance. I asked the Board that these consultations not be done en masse due to the difficultly on maintaining reasonable engagement on many concurrent threads.  


We are presently conducting the community consultation on the merits of adding term limits to the ARIN Board of Trustees, and this consultation runs 15 days.  Upon its completion, we will be approach year-end and are likely to pause briefly until after the holidays/new year and then resume in early January with the others.  (Also note - it’s a tad premature to discuss the specific scope of future consultations until the Board has reviewed and finalized such.) 


I hope this helps inform folks on the process - with that information, do you have any views in support or opposition on the topic of term limits for the ARIN Board of Trustees?





John Curran

President and CEO

American Registry for Internet Numbers


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Subject: [arin-announce] ARIN Governance Working Group Consultation Series

Date: 1 December 2021 at 12:47:08 PM EST

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ARIN’s Board of Trustees established a Governance Working Group (GWG) in January 2020 to assess the structure and operation of ARIN’s Board. To complete this work, the GWG will be presenting a series of four consultations, with the first one starting today at https://www.arin.net/participate/community/acsp/#consultations, to gather community input on proposed improvements to ARIN governance.

An article about the formation and work of the GWG is available on the ARIN Blog at https://www.arin.net/blog/2021/12/01/get-to-know-the-gwg/ to provide background on the work that led to this series of recommendations. Each of these consultations will be held over a period of two business weeks and the resulting feedback will be factored into implementation of any subsequent changes to ARIN’s Bylaws.

The topics of the four consultations are as follows:

* Term Limits for the Board of Trustees — Proposing to impose term limits to balance continuity with healthy turnover, introduce differing views and fresh perspectives, and increase opportunities for participation on the Board.
* Changing the ARIN Election Process from “First to the Post” Voting to a “Single Transferable Vote” Balloting Process – Proposing a new balloting process to provide greater voting choice and allow ranking candidates in order of preference to achieve more proportional election results with no wasted votes.
* Improvements to the Nomination Committee Process and Procedure – Proposing changes that will support greater Board independence, transparency, and impartiality.
* Increasing the Board Size – We recognize that this has been discussed before, but the evolving complexities of ARIN’s governance have stretched the capacity and skills of the Board with increased workload. We are reopening this discussion with the community to propose changes to strengthen specific areas of expertise on the Board, including corporate governance, finance, cybersecurity, and risk management.

We hope that by breaking these consultations out separately and conducting them successively that the community will be able to focus of the merits of each proposed change independently. During these consultations the GWG will be available to answer questions to provide clarity on the elements of the proposed improvements, and we will be using the feedback of the community to advise the Board on the final decision regarding each consultation. We look forward to robust community discussion as each consultation is conducted over the coming weeks.


ARIN’s Board of Trustees, Governance Working Group
Nancy Carter, Peter Harrison, and Catherine Middleton

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