Dear France-IX Members,
Our 2018 General Meeting is fast approaching along with the time for the vote, aiming to fill the vacancies within France-IX’s board.
This year, three seats are available and France-IX is more determined than ever to provide an environment that supports equality and diversity. Organisations today are measured by more than the profits they return, and as a non-profit organisation ourselves, we are scrutinised perhaps more than most about how we run our operations. It is an unfortunate fact of the business world that women are woefully underrepresented in senior positions, indeed among the world’s largest 500 companies, only 10.9 percent of senior executives are female. At France-IX we are making a commitment to deliver a more balanced board from a gender perspective. Organisations with a more balanced workforce have been proven to perform at a higher level and generate more revenue than for example boards without gender diversity.
We look forward to see the results of this commitment. In the meantime, if you recognize yourself in France-IX’s values and wish to embody them within our board, send your application now or spread the word around you.
Best regards on behalf of the France-IX Board,
Christian KAUFMANN, President of the France-IX Board
Who should apply?
If you have a significant professional experience in telecoms/Internet/network interconnection, if you want to be part of France-IX community and if you have time to do so, a great opportunity opens up for you.
You can apply, whether your company is a member or not of France-IX, except if you are already a board member of another Internet Exchange Point, or if you already work for another Internet Exchange Point.
The articles of the association are allowing both individual and company seats, although over time, the distinction between the two has become less relevant and the trend now for organisations like ours is more toward promoting individual applications.
In both cases, either as a company or an individual, more than technical skills, it is expected to benefit from your knowledge from the market, your capacity to identify and collect needs and to express a vision and contribute to the development of France-IX.
The duration of the mandate for a board member is 3 years.
The main missions of the board members are:
- Participate to monthly conference calls (1 hour);
- Participate to face to face meetings (twice a year, full day);
- Represent the association France-IX, and be a spokesman;
- Make the link with the France-IX’s community, especially to collect needs and expectations;
- Contribute to the strategy of France-IX, help to define new services and bring high-level advice to the CEO.
All board members must sign a Code of Conduct, in relation with the confidential nature of the information they will have access to, and to guarantee neutrality in decision-making processes, and avoid any potential conflict of interest.
How and when should I apply?
Your resume along with max 300 word statements in English should be submitted to board-candidates_at_franceix.net prior to September 1, 2018.
If your application is complete and validated by France-IX current Board, you will be invited to present on stage during the next France-IX General Meeting on September 20 a 5-minute speech to explain who you are, why you want to contribute and how you think you can help. The vote is electronic and stays open until mid day of the annual meeting. Experience has shown that except for the members who are not able to attend physically and vote in advance, most of the members are voting after the speeches of the applicants, meaning this step is quite important.
What should I expect?
France-IX Board Members do not get any kind of salary, bonus or discounts on peering services. Only expenses during the face-to-face meetings may be reimbursed.
France-IX Board Members get fulfilled by their involvement in a professional eco-system of +380 members and their contribution to help France-IX to grow year after year. Actually, technical matters are rarely discussed during Board Meetings but instead Board Members contribute to bring innovation, ideas with member satisfaction, and more generally, ideas to keep improving France-IX performance and services, and finally they are the guardians of France-IX sustainability in the long term.
See the list of the current Board Members
Question, comment, concern?
If you have any question and would like more information, please contact the President of France IX Services: direction_at_franceix.net.