Re: Candidacy (Tim Ney)
- From: rms39 columbia edu (Russell Steinthal)
- To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs noisehavoc org>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Candidacy (Tim Ney)
- Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 00:13:56 -0500
On Tue, 13 Nov 2001 10:56:56 PST, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>On 13Nov2001 06:44PM (+0100), Christian Schaller wrote:
>> Personally I would like to suggest that the foundation impose the
>> following policy:
>> * No employee of the GNOME Foundation as represented by the GNOME
>> Foundation board can be elected to the board.
>> * The Director of the GNOME Foundation (which currently is Tim Ney) gets
>> a non-voting place on the board.
>It's actually quite common in both for-profit corporations and
>non-profit organizations for executives of the organization to also be
>on the board of directors.
>Also, to specifically address the issue of Tim's employment status,
>Bart suggested that the board form an employment committee which does
>not include Tim. I think this is a good idea, and it's analogous to
>the way these issues are handled by other corporate and nonprofit
And it may even be legally required, but that's a question for the
lawyers. Suffice it to say, this isn't unprecedented, and there are
well-established legal rules for dealing with conflicts of interest
among directors who have financial interests in a corporation's
decisions, whether because of employment or any other reason. I'll
leave the details and ensuring that all of the Board members know
about (and follow) them to the Foundation's legal counsel.
(1) This is not legal advice. For that, you need to talk to an
attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
(2) This is not in any way related to my position on the Membership &
Elections Committee. For that, look for the messages with the very
long signature blocks. :)
Russell Steinthal Columbia Law School, Class of 2002
<rms39 columbia edu> Columbia College, Class of 1999
<steintr nj org> UNIX System Administrator, nj.org
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