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

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Fri Oct 9 12:42:59 UTC 2015

I personally think this is a great idea and of course should not effect current elections to be fair to Tom.

Jim Manico
Global Board Member
OWASP Foundation
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> On Oct 9, 2015, at 1:57 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
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> twitter: @tgondrom
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