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The ONF bylaws provide for an elected seat to be filled by a representative from an ONF Member company.



Current Member Holding This Position

ONF at-large board memberOne Year, with elections in Q4Victor Bahl, Microsoft (term ends Dec 2022)

The vote to fill this position is held annually.  The election process has these main steps:

  • Cleanup of Primary Representative List for Member Companies
  • Nominations 
  • Voting
  • Runoff Vote in the event no nominee wins a majority (> 50%) of the vote

Defining the Voting Community - and Cleanup of Primary Representative List

The voting community is composed of the primary contacts from all ONF members classified as Members.  The list of Primary Representativesfrom each Member Company is maintained by the ONF.  Member companies should review their representative periodically, and should notify ONF if they wish to update their primary representative(s) before voting begins.

Background - Each member company has a designated Primary Representative.  This role is used for administrative tasks like reviewing IPR protected documents, bylaw changes, annual renewals, and voting for the board at-large seat.  In cases where multiple representatives are listed for a member company, one of the representatives is identified as the primary.  All member companies are encouraged to review this list and adjust their representatives as they see fit.


Nominations can be made by any individual from any member company.   Nominees must be employed by a member company not already represented on the board.    

In the event that there is only a single nomination for the position, there will not be a vote.


Each member has a single vote.  The voting URL will be sent to the primary representative from each company.  The voting URL may only be used once.

Every company should review their list of primary representatives and notify the ONF if they wish to provide updates before voting begins. Per section 14.4 of the ONF Bylaws, if a Member is more than 30 days past due in paying annual membership fees, they will not be able to vote in any ONF election unless they bring their account current by the deadline to make changes. 

Runoff Vote

A majority is required to win the election (someone must receive > 50% of cast ballots).  If no nominee has a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates.

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