The current ICANN chair Steve Crocker announced in his blog that 2017 is his last year as Chairman of the ICANN Board, with his term ending at the beginning of November.
ICANN through the Chairman’s blog has announced that the Board began planning for the election of the Board’s leadership positions [PDF, 44 KB], in advance of the Annual Meeting at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, where the formal election will take place. Following the outlined procedures, the ICANN Board as a whole discussed and considered the succession of the Board’s leadership. The Board took this action to support transparency and to demonstrate its commitment to a well-supported transfer of responsibilities in leading the Board. Because I have been in this role for six years, our advance planning for the transfer of those responsibilities will help support continuity in ICANN‘s service of its mission.
He added that
All continuing and incoming members of the Board had an opportunity to participate in the discussion of the Board’s future leadership, and have indicated unanimous support for the future election of Cherine Chalaby as the next Chair of the ICANN Board. I am proud and excited to welcome Cherine as my successor, and look forward to supporting him and working with him for a smooth and orderly transition of responsibilities. The Board has also indicated its support for the future election of Chris Disspain as the next Vice-Chair. Many congratulations to Chris as he transitions into this important role.