This is a most vital election – and I’m hopeful that the majority of Demand Class members (particularly those that are domain investors) will elect two candidates that represent their views. People who are not afraid to stand up and be counted – and who are prepared to engage with their constituencies after they have been elected!
I urge everyone that is interested in the future of the .au space to read all candidate statements before agreeing to sign a “blank proxy”. An incumbent auDA Demand Class Director (who is seeking re-election) was very quick off the mark yesterday – I was told by several people that he had sent them a proxy form urging them to sign and return immediately! As one of my mates told me, he claimed credit for almost everything (he was surprised he didn’t also claim to have invented “sliced bread”). 😉
Our votes are so important this year – let’s make sure we elect the right candidates.
The AGM Agenda
You can have a read of the full agenda here. What I’m particularly interested in is Item 6 – see below.
Agenda Item 6- Special resolution to adjust Clause 18.2(d) of the Constitution
As recommended by the Cameron Ralph report on the governance of auDA which was adopted by the Board of auDA on 10 October 2016, it is proposed to amend clause 18.2(d) of the Constitution to increase the number of Independent Directors permissible on the Board from three to four. This will allow for an expanded mix of skills and diversity on the Board, and improve adherence to good governance principles. The amended clause is below and a marked-up version of the proposed amendment to the Constitution is available here.
My question is: If this “Cameron Ralph Report” has been adopted by the Board back on the 10th October, why have auDA members not been informed as yet? This is particularly significant given that an election is imminent.
You don’t need to be a Rhodes Scholar to work out that this is going to have a flow-on effect for the election of Demand Class Directors.
Just 3 candidates for Supply Class (2 vacancies) – and 9 candidates for Demand Class (also 2 vacancies).
|Candidate||Class||Proposed by||Seconded by|
|Erhan Karabardak||Supply||Domo Digital Pty Ltd||Mailguard Pty Ltd|
|Angelo Giuffrida||Supply||VentraIP||Domain Syndicates|
|Joe Manariti||Supply||Get Started||Butterfly Internet|
|Timothy Connell||Demand||Chris Burgess||Rodney Seeber|
|Jim Stewart||Demand||Joshua Rowe||Sean Callanan|
|Teresa Mitchell||Demand||Jonathon Lawrence||Luke Grogan|
|Simon Johnson||Demand||Simon Johnson||Big Bang Domains
|Shane Moore||Demand||etrading Pty Ltd
|John Nugent||Demand||John Nugent||Angelo Giuffrida|
|Nicole Murdoch||Demand||David Goldstein||Holly Raiche|
|Christopher Burgess||Demand||Calie Salter||Peter Moon|
|Peter Tonoli||Demand||Peter Tonoli||Leanne O’Donnell|
Given we are still in racing season, I will be writing a comprehensive form guide on the candidates on Domainer on Monday / Tuesday. I wouldn’t sign anyone’s proxy until you’ve had a chance to read that.
All candidates are invited to give their own pitch which will be published without editorial comment.
The only danger I can foresee is that there is a possibility of splitting the domain investor vote. I’ve seen many an auDA election lost this way.
Ned O’Meara – 4th November 2016