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02|11|2010 05:45 pm EDT

ICANN publishes Salaries of Top Level Employees

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

CEO Rod Beckstrom earns $750,000 annual base salary plus bonus

As a not-for profit Organization, ICANN always had to file and publish some information of how they spent their money. However those filings are hard to read and some cases some of the information has been removed. It appears ICANN president & CEO Rod Beckstrom is trying hard to bring a new openness to ICANN. Today he published a document on twitter showing the compensation for ICANN’s top employees. The non-profit models its compensation based on For-Profit companies and “has had major blunders, yet to my knowledge no staff were ever held accountable through termination or pay reductions” according to an article by George Kirikos published on CircleID. Kirikos also points out that the highest paid UN employee earns an annual salary of US$201,000 (“Under Secretary General”) even when taking into account the ITU employees.

But not only salaries at ICANN are costing the domain industry and registrants a fortune. Many of the recently de-accredited registrars owed ICANN large amounts of money. And yet ICANN decided to wait and not require an earlier payment of the fees. Most likely this money will never be seen by ICANN now, and thus the rest of the community will have to pay for it.

The board has recently decided to release $1.5 million from the existing budget contingency in order to cover operating expenses for the 2010 budget. In addition the board “requests the CEO and his designated staff to closely monitor expenditures and forecasts for FY10“.

See the details for ICANN top staff compensation after the jump.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rod Beckstrom was appointed ICANN’s President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the Board of Directors, effective 1 July 2009. ICANN and Beckstrom entered in to a three year employment agreement effective 1 July 2009. Under the terms of the agreement Beckstrom is paid a base salary of US$750,000 per year, additional at risk compensation of up to US$195,000 per year, and coverage under vacation, health and welfare plans including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan as ICANN makes available to its staff.

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Doug Brent was appointed as Chief Operating Officer on 13 December 2006. Brent’s compensation consists of a base salary of US$270,000 per year, a housing allowance of $24,000 per year which is tax neutralized, additional at risk compensation of up to 48 percent of base pay each year, and standard coverage under vacation, health and welfare plans including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan as ICANN makes available to its staff.

General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. John Jeffrey was appointed as General Counsel and Secretary on 2 September 2003. Jeffrey’s compensation consists of a base salary of US$230,000 per year, additional at risk compensation of up to 30 percent of base pay per year, and standard coverage under vacation, health and welfare plans including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan as ICANN makes available to its staff.

Senior Vice President, Services

Mr. Kurt Pritz was appointed as Vice President, Business Operations on 2 September 2003. Pritz was appointed Senior Vice President, Services on 13 December 2006. Pritz’ compensation consists of a base salary of US$245,000 per year, additional at risk compensation of up to 30 percent of base pay per year, and standard coverage under vacation, health and welfare plans including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan as ICANN makes available to its staff.

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kevin Wilson was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 26 June 2007. Wilson’s compensation consists of a base salary of $170,000 per year, additional at risk compensation of up to 20 percent of base pay per year, and standard coverage under vacation, health and welfare plans including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401(k) retirement plan as ICANN makes available to its staff.

ICANN Compensation Practices (PDF)

[Thanks to Rod Beckstrom, George Kirikos]

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25 Comments

Adam Strong

February 11, 2010 @ 5:56 pm EDT

$750k. woosh! Drinks are on Rod in Nairobi :)

George Kirikos

February 11, 2010 @ 5:56 pm EDT

The ITU (a UN agency, very comparable to ICANN in terms of function) has *7 TIMES* more employees than ICANN. So, ICANN’s top people should be paid *much* less.

http://www.itu.int/employment/

mneylon (Michele Neylon)

February 11, 2010 @ 5:59 pm EDT

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George Kirikos

February 11, 2010 @ 6:11 pm EDT

Add another $400K+ per year for Rod Beckstrom’s new digs in Palo Alto:

http://forum.icann.org/lists/3gtld-guide/msg00098.html

(probably a lot more when you consider extra staff for them)

paulmwatson (Paul M. Watson)

February 11, 2010 @ 6:14 pm EDT

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February 11, 2010 @ 6:18 pm EDT

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Daniel Dryzek

February 11, 2010 @ 6:20 pm EDT

@Adam :)))) LOL

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February 11, 2010 @ 6:30 pm EDT

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danieldryzek (Daniel Dryzek)

February 11, 2010 @ 6:32 pm EDT

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Your money being wasted at ICANN

February 11, 2010 @ 7:17 pm EDT

[…] on ICANN excessive compensation at: http://www.thedomains.com/2010/02/11…30k-plus-plus/ and http://www.domainnamenews.com/icann-…employees/7162 and also on Twitter: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=icann George Kirikos Home Page […]

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February 11, 2010 @ 7:32 pm EDT

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February 11, 2010 @ 7:34 pm EDT

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David - Driveway Pavers

February 12, 2010 @ 12:36 am EDT

I’ve always been amazed at how the non-profit can be very misleading. The organisation itself may well run that way but they can pay CEO’s, etc astronomical amounts. Bit like a trust fund really where the trust may run at a loss but the beneficiary is extremely wealthy.

DomainsDomains (PaulK)

February 12, 2010 @ 6:11 am EDT

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plangenkamp (Peter Langenkamp)

February 12, 2010 @ 6:18 am EDT

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jeroen_p (Jeroen Peters)

February 12, 2010 @ 6:35 am EDT

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@plangenkamp Wow! That’ll buy you four custom TLD’s!

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February 12, 2010 @ 9:37 am EDT

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February 12, 2010 @ 11:34 am EDT

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Maria Farrell

February 12, 2010 @ 2:05 pm EDT

To compare like with like, though, UN staff don’t pay ANY tax, get about three times as much vacation as ICANN employees, get tickets home with extra leave every couple of years, subsidies for their children’s education and much better training and development. I’m not saying anyone at ICANN is on starvation rations, but if you’re going to compare to the ITU, you should include the whole package. If I had a choice between the two, on financial grounds I’d pick ITU any day of the week. UN employees also don’t have ‘at risk’, i.e. bonus pay.

George Kirikos

February 12, 2010 @ 2:28 pm EDT

Maria: Re-read the ICANN pay package. It’s much higher, even including taxes and benefits. How much tax do you really think Paul Twomey even paid, by the way, given he was billing ICANN through his personal services corporation in Australia? Unless taxes are 75%, the ITU people are far more cost-effective and efficient in delivering services.

Remember, the ITU is 7x BIGGER than ICANN, too. ICANN’s salaries should be much smaller, reflecting the smaller organization. Instead, ICANN is doing as much as it can, at the expense of the public, to increase in size, i.e. wasteful spending and growth. This is to justify, ex-post, higher salaries.

The cost of living in places like NYC are also higher than southern California.

There’s a saying that the fish rots from the head, and that sweet deal that Rod Beckstrom got for himself, at the expense of domain registrants who ultimately pay for the whole shebang, is rotten.

And if you want to compare “like with like”, senior people in the US government doing the same job earn from $119,554 to $179,700 according to opm.gov (feel free to email me for the exact link, didn’t want this comment to trigger moderation). Those employees pay US taxes, too.

If you want another “comparable”, ask Rod Beckstrom what his salary was 3 months earlier, when he resigned from his post as director of the US National Cyber Security Center. I dare you. Did his qualifications and background change in 3 months, to justify a huge jump in pay? Certainly not.

Ann

February 14, 2010 @ 1:08 pm EDT

Rod – please help me to pay my rent for March – I am unemployed as of December 2009.
In any case Rod, would you mind buying me few programming books and “Ruling the Root by Milton Mueller? Can’t afford any of those luxuries, yet need to learn….

Belmassio

February 15, 2010 @ 12:46 pm EDT

By any measure these salaries are grossly inflated.

I say to Rod Beckstrom , let the people vote for ICANN member positions and what their salaries should be if you truly want accountability and transparency.

I wish I could make all my own rules and also set my own salary…..wouldn’t that be sweet.

Breitling replica

June 1, 2012 @ 10:02 pm EDT

The cost of living in places like NYC are also higher than southern California.

overton

June 14, 2012 @ 12:31 am EDT

Who gets to vote for the Board of Directors and in turn, themselves? Themselves. Grossly overpaid dummies. Why is this a NPO? Doesn’t anyone except the Evil Corporation [Progressives definition]

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