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ICANN COO Doug Brent Stepping Down

April 27, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, doug brent, icann, Policy & LawComments Off on ICANN COO Doug Brent Stepping Down

Doug Brent announces resignation from ICANN.

Doug BrentICANN Chief Operating Officer Doug Brent has announced he’s stepping down at the end of July for personal reasons. Brent joined ICANN in January 2007 in what was then a new role for the organization, and outlines some of the improvements at ICANN since he joined in a blog post.

In explaining his departure, Brent writes:

While my engagement in the work of ICANN has made this a difficult decision, the reasons I am leaving are simple. I accepted my role with ICANN in December 2006 with the expectation that I’d commute the 300 miles to Los Angeles four days a week. I did that for twenty months, after which I chose to relocate to Los Angeles – both to do a better job for ICANN, and to see my wife of 27 years every once and a while :-) . After relocating for what will be more than two years, and much family discussion, we’ve determined that our life is not in Los Angeles.

Photo: ICANN.org.


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ICANN Bonuses Not Tied to Long Term Revenue, New TLDs

March 1, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, doug brent, icann, Policy & LawComments Off on ICANN Bonuses Not Tied to Long Term Revenue, New TLDs

Bonuses mostly based on short term milestones.

When ICANN released its compensation ideology and information about the top five salaries last month, I wasn’t all that taken aback by the salaries. What got me curious was the bonus structure. Bonuses drive behavior, and bonuses tied to poor goals drive poor behavior. I have a patent related to goal alignment, so it’s something I’m familiar with.

During an exchange at ICANN’s Cairo meeting between Michael Palage and ICANN VP Kurt Pritz last year, it became clear that some ICANN employee bonuses were tied to new TLDs. That would result in pushing forward with something even if the community didn’t approve.

So here’s the good news: the bonuses are tied to results in a good way; not one that will encourage employees to move forward down the wrong path when perhaps it’s time to switch directions.

Last week I talked with Doug Brent, ICANN’s COO, who explained how goals are created and tied to the bonuses.

First, ICANN takes the three year strategic plan and the annual operating plan based on that.

“We then take that plan and break it into specific deliverables within a fiscal year,” explained Brent. The year is further divided into three units, often tied to ICANN meetings.

“We break it down into goals for each individual group,” said Brent. “What is that group as a whole suppose to deliver in the next time period? Then we break that down into 5-6 individual goals.”

These short term goals may include creating a draft report on a particular subject or analyzing community feedback. But they aren’t based on long term goals such as introducing new TLDs, and they take into consideration the fluid nature of the ICANN process. To get an idea of what the goals are based on, go to ICANN’s dashboard and click on “PM Summary”.

Brent has heard the rumor that someone at ICANN will get a big bonus when new gTLDs are launched. He says that’s unequivocally false.

Brent has not read ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom’s contract, but he said for at least every other employee, there are no long term bonuses tied to growing revenue, number of employees, etc. Of course, there are goals for creating efficiency and reducing costs.


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