RE: IETF Nominations Committee Chair - 2012 - 2013

"Ersue, Mehmet (NSN - DE/Munich)" <> Thu, 05 July 2012 08:21 UTC

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> I sincerely thank Matt for his willingness to take on this task as it
requires a tremendous time commitment and dedication to do well.


+1. It is indeed a huge effort for the Nomcom chair and all voting
members especially between September and January.




From: ext Mary Barnes [] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 7:24 PM
To: Ersue, Mehmet (NSN - DE/Munich)
Cc:; ext Lynn St.Amour
Subject: Re: IETF Nominations Committee Chair - 2012 - 2013




In my experience, the most important characteristic for a nomcom chair
is the ability to lead a group of 10 volunteers (usually with a
significant variation of experience in IETF) through the process as
defined by RFC  3777 (and 5680).    It can be good for a chair to have
past Nomcom experience, but I do not believe that is a hard requirement
(I had never served on a Nomcom before I was chair).  It can be good for
a Nomcom chair to have been a WG chair as they can understand more about
the process. BUT, the chair is not the decision maker - the voting
members are - the most important thing is for the chair to be able to
facilitate the process as defined.  It's far more important for the
voting members to have that knowledge than the chair.   Now, it can be
more challenging if a chair hasn't been involved in IETF for a while,
but AFAIK, Matt has been involved in the RAI area (as a
participant/contributor) for a while and if you google you can find he's
also been involved in the Security area on the SECDIR. You can see the
work he's been involved in here in authorstats:


Honestly, one of the most important aspect of the Nomcom process is for
the Nomcom to get community feedback. You can read my report from
2009-2010 and that is an issue as the information that the nomcom is
working with typically is extremely incomplete.  Many nomcom voting
members have little experience with interviewing and hiring "employees".
You also have to keep in mind that the past Nomcom chair serves as an
advisor for the current Nomcom chair, which dramatically reduces the
risk in the case that the appointed chair runs into problems.


I sincerely thank Matt for his willingness to take on this task as it
requires a tremendous time commitment and dedication to do well.





On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 4:18 AM, Ersue, Mehmet (NSN - DE/Munich)
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it's time again for Nomcom. Congrats and good luck to Matt Lepinski.

I have to admit I don't know him. I assume this is my issue as I'm an
OPS guy and not much involved in atoca or geopriv.


Having been active in two Nomcoms, I am wondering what a useful
selection criteria for a Nomcom chair could be.

Having experience as a WG chair or having been active as Nomcom voting

I can imagine a retired AD would enjoy it and do an excellent job in
this position.




[] On Behalf Of ext Lynn St.Amour
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 10:31 PM
To: IETF Announcement list
Subject: IETF Nominations Committee Chair - 2012 - 2013


To the IETF community,

One of the roles you entrusted to the Internet Society (ISOC) President
& CEO is to appoint the IETF Nominations Committee chair.   This is done
through consultation with the IETF community.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Matt Lepinski has agreed to
serve as the 2012 - 2013 IETF Nominations Committee chair.

A Call for Nominations for this committee will be sent to the IETF
Announcement list; and a list of the IESG, IAB and IAOC/IETF Trust seats
to be filled will be published shortly.   Please give serious
consideration to volunteering for the Nominations Committee as well as
to possible candidates for the open positions. 

The NomComm process is central to the IETF's success, and it is
important that it have the support of the IETF community.   In the
interim, feel free to make your suggestions known to Matt, who will
share them with the committee once it is seated.   Matt can be reached
at: Matthew Lepinski <>

Thank you in advance for your support and a sincere thank you to Matt
for agreeing to take on this very significant responsibility.


Lynn St. Amour

President & CEO
Internet Society (ISOC)