[Owasp-board] Proposal to change our bylaws about board member rotation and term limits

psiinon psiinon at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 12:32:37 UTC 2015

Sounds very reasonable to me :)

On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 12:57 PM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hello dear community,
> I like to raise a thought about term limits defined in our bylaws and how
> to encourage more board member rotation in the future, strengthening our
> governance and bringing new blood in the organisation.
> Last month, I had a very interesting discussion with the chair and some
> board members of ISC2 and they are currently moving to a more restrictive
> way of term limits to encourage new board members and rotation to improve
> oversight.
> Our current OWASP bylaws state in section 2.02
> "An individual is limited to 4 consecutive 2 year terms"
> I like to put this in context of other organisations like ISC2 bylaws:
> In the past they had "No member may be elected to the Board more than
> twice in any seven year period. " (Their term is for 3years.). They noticed
> a problem with people staying on very long after a one year break and
> hindering renewal of the board. So they are now moving towards* "Service
> as a Director may not exceed six years in any ten year period"**. *
> I had a longer conversation with several ISC2 directors and I think this
> is a good idea and move, to enhance governance, democratic processes and
> bring in new people with new ideas (and avoid that the same people continue
> to sit on the board for too long). As you know many democratic elected
> presidents have term limits. The US president being a good example.
> I think we should consider to as well strengthen our bylaws in that regard
> and make ourselves more open and encouraging for new blood on the board.
> *=> My proposal idea would be to adjust section 2.02 of our bylaws to
> state: *
> "An individual is limited to 3 consecutive 2 year terms and serving as a
> Director may not exceed six years in any ten year period."
> Please note: Naturally this change could not affect the currently ongoing
> board elections (as they are already in progress), so it would take effect
> only going forward for all new upcoming elections.
> What are your thoughts on this?
> Best regards, Tobias
> Tobias Gondrom
> Chairman OWASP Global Board
> email: tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
> skype: tgondrom
> twitter: @tgondrom
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