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

Matt Konda matt.konda at owasp.org
Tue Oct 13 02:53:06 UTC 2015

I support reducing maximum terms from 8 years to 6 years per the language
Tobias recommended.

Personally, I would like to see this proposed and voted electronically
since we have 5/7 recorded as supportive in this thread.


On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

> I generally like this proposal and am inclined to vote "yes" if so
> motioned.
> ~josh
> On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> 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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