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

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Fri Oct 9 21:30:28 UTC 2015

I generally like this proposal and am inclined to vote "yes" if so motioned.


On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org>

> All boards need renewal and to ensure long term survival of the
> organisation. With such a wide field of candidates last year and this year,
> we do not have any problems in recruiting new blood for the board, but that
> new blood may be held back by folks who have been here a long while and
> using their prior incumbency to gain a slot that might deny new ideas for
> OWASP that we might otherwise miss out on.
> I think three terms in 10 years is okay if towards the top of my
> expectations. I am actually quite okay with the idea of two terms in 10
> years as we only have 7 Directors. The maximum number of directors would 7
> * 5 = 35 directors in total, and realistically, most of us will go for a
> second term and even a third term, which reduces it to 7 * 5 / 2 = lets
> call it 18 directors in 10 years with two terms, and possibly as low as 7 *
> 5 / 3 = 12 directors with everyone maxing out their three terms. I am not
> sure a max of three terms is healthy, as if everyone affected by this rule
> tapers off at once, there will be a period every few years with many new
> directors, and few experienced directors.
> Willing to discuss further. If the majority agree on three terms I am
> still very likely to vote yes, and of course, to take effect once the 2015
> elections have been finalised.
> thanks
> Andrew
> On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:42 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
>> 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
>> https://www.owasp.org
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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
>> skype: tgondrom
>> twitter: @tgondrom
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