Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates for IDPF Board - Apply by Dec. 3

November 12, 2013
The IDPF Board of Directors has formed a 2014 Nominating Committee, which is soliciting candidates for Director positions. Every primary representative of an IDPF member organization is eligible to serve on the board. Interested individuals should send a candidate statement by December 3, 2013 to boardcandidates@idpf.org. Typically, a candidate statement would include a brief biography, and potentially reasons for running for the position and/or general vision or ideas for the IDPF. The Committee will also consider as candidates those current board members who wish to continue their service to the IDPF but whose term runs out this year.
 
The IDPF Board's core responsibilities include representing member interests in developing the vision and strategic plan for the organization and providing oversight and guidance to staff and volunteers carrying out the work of the organization. Being a board member of the IDPF entails a not insignificant commitment of responsibility and time. The Board and executive staff currently meet monthly via teleconference, and at least once a year in a face-to-face meeting. Board time and expenses are not reimbursed. Prospective members should be leaders in their organizations and  have a clear understanding of one or more segments of the digital publishing industry. Board oversight responsibility extends to the governance process involved in the approval of specifications so familiarity with EPUB and related technologies is helpful; however technical expertise is definitely not a requirement. As with other activities of the IDPF, board meetings are generally conducted in English but with an expectation that as a global organization not all participants will necessarily be native English speakers. Meetings are scheduled to facilitate participation across multiple time zones, but which means they cannot be at convenient times for all participants.
 
Seven of fourteen seats on the IDPF Board will be elected in this cycle, for two-year terms. The Nominating Committee and IDPF Board anticipates recommending to the membership a slate of five or six candidates, which will leave at least one seat open  for at-large election. The slate will be selected to foster a diverse board  in the interest of providing representation across our global organization with members from all parts of the value chain. A subsequent call for formal nominations will be made and elections are anticipated in January. Other than the addition of a Nominating Committee, as provided for in the IDPF Bylaws, and adjusting election timing to be after the New Year in order to avoid maximize participation, the overall IDPF Board election process remains unchanged: assuming seven seats are open, the seven candidates receiving the most votes will be elected (whether or not they are part of the slate).
 
The 2014 IDPF Board Nominating Committee is comprised of board members Mark Bide (Chair), Pierre Danet, Masaaki Hagino, George Kerscher, and Adam Witwer.

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