Term limited. Steve writes,
We have term limits for directors, no more than three consecutive three year terms. I have reached my limit and am leaving the Board. The Board’s chair is chosen each year by the Board. The formal election of the next chair takes place at the end of the Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi.
He has been active literally since the beginning of the Internet. He was part of the UCLA team, led by Len Kleinrock, that connected the first Internet node, back in DARPA days. Wired has a great interview about the early days, including how Steve developed the RFC system. There’s also an oral history of the early days Steve did back in 1991.
Americans Avri Doria and Sarah Deutsch have been nominated and will likely join the ICANN Board at the October Abu Dhabi meeting,