Updated: Thu Apr 30 18:13:46 UTC 2020

Seattle Internet Exchange Voter's Guide for Board of Directors Election April 15th through 29th 2020 UTC

Bylaws at https://www.seattleix.net/docs/20170418_Bylaws.pdf define Membership:

  • "In order to qualify for membership a member shall be an operator of an Internet protocol network which has one or more direct connections to the Corporation's switches. A member may be elected or appointed to membership by the Board. Members may have such other qualifications as the Board may prescribe by amendment to these Bylaws."

Each Member may submit one ballot. We are employing Single Transferable Vote (STV) as the voting system. This means that you rank your candidate preferences from most preferred to least preferred. You do not need to rank all the candidates. A later ballot from a representative of a Member will replace a previous ballot from the same Member.

There are 5 seats on the Board of Directors, 2 of which are up for election this year. A Director term is 2 years.

The following schedule applies to Board elections:

  • Through April 14th 23:59:59 UTC 2020: Candidates may submit their candidacy and a maximum 300 word statement, as determined by the POSIX "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 wc -w" command, or revisions to their statement, to secretary@seattleix.net.

  • Through April 14th 23:59:59 UTC 2020: A supporter of a candidate may submit or retract/revise a maximum 50 word endorsement of a candidate, as determined by the POSIX "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 wc -w" command, to secretary@seattleix.net. The Secretary will send it to the candidate, and if approved by the candidate before the cut-off, it will be reachable from the voter's guide.

  • April 15th 2020: A voter registration form will be sent to the SIX "announce@" and "members@" mailing lists. (subscription details: https://www.seattleix.net/faq#ml)

  • April 15th through 29th 23:59 UTC 2020: Voting. The voter registration form is below. (Registrations received after April 28th UTC are not guaranteed to be processed in time for the April 29th 23:59 UTC voting deadline.)

List of Candidates:

Election Results:


  • John Brown statement:

    • I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for the Seattle Internet Exchange Board of Directors.

      In 1983 I first connected to Internet as a high school student via our local university's mainframe. Interacting with others online, sending email and messages with UUCP bang paths was exciting. And now nearly four decades later, I'm still excited about how and what the Internet can do for humanity.

      Over the decades I have personally seen how Internet peering is critical for the stability and reliability of the Internet. I have personally seen the value of being well peered. Internet exchanges are critical to regional security and stability. Over the past 10+ years I have been involved with various cyber-security teams and projects.

      For a number of years I was the principal technical engineer for ICANN's L-Root DNS server. While working on the L-Root team I was responsible for improving its connectivity and security. I've hosted two NANOG's, two ICANN meetings, and was a past member of the ARIN Technical Advisory Committee.

      Today I operate a trans-national ISP providing connectivity for rural providers across our country and internationally. We provide services via fiber and fixed wireless transport technologies. I am actively involved with IX's around the globe including Equinix IBX's, LINX and IX.BR. My ISP has over 500 BGP interconnections at various IX's around the globe.

      I would be honored to make my depth and years of experience with interconnection, cyber security, and operational skills available to the membership and leadership of SIX. I commit to listening to the needs of our community and finding consensus in viable solutions.


      John Brown, CISSP

  • Patrick W. Gilmore statement:

    • I have been on the SIX board from 2008 until last year. I am currently on the Technical Advisory Committee.

      For those who do not know me, I was a customer of the SIX (and many other IXPs, obviously) as Akamai Technologies’s Chief Network Architect for several years, including donating the first 10 G port to the SIX. My team and I were heavily involved in the governance & founding of many IXPs around the world, such as TorIX, FranceIX, AMS-IX, etc. As you can see, I have a preference for member-run exchanges, which means SIX suits me quite well. As part of my position at Markley Group between 2013 and 2018, my team owned and operated the Boston Internet Exchange. While not member-run, it was the largest IXP in New England and let me see how a commercial entity runs an exchange. I am currently on the boards of NANOG, and the PeeringDB. I was a board member of LINX until I was term limited in May of 2017. I was on the board of ARIN from 2017 to 2019.

      I would like the opportunity to rejoin the board and help the SIX grow and evolve as traffic and members keep increasing.

      Thank you for your consideration.

    Patrick W. Gilmore endorsement:

    • Patrick's involvement with the SIX goes back 15 years - he has consistently been a vocal and strong advocate, providing thoughtful and relevant guidance to the officers. I've asked Patrick to run again for the SIX board - please join me in voting for him.

      Nikos Mouat - SIX Co-founder/President

  • Christian Koch statement:

    • I am currently Head of Product, Cloud and Ecosystem at PacketFabric. In 2016, I Co-Founded the New York Network Operators Group, a non-profit organization that aims to connect network operators and technology professionals via educational events and programs. I currently serve on the Board of Directors as President. Prior to founding NYNOG, I was a member of the Board of Directors for the Open-IX Association, a non-profit that was formed to foster the development of critical Data Center and Interconnection standards. Over the past 18 years, I have held a number of leadership and operational roles at companies such as Megaport, Microsoft, Twitter, and Globix. Most recently, I was Director of Network Strategy at Pilot Fiber, a venture backed startup providing fiber internet to businesses in New York City.

      I have been involved with Interconnection in a number of different roles ranging from operations, strategy and planning, to product management. I have also been involved in non-profit organizations for the last 7 years.

      The combination of this experience will allow me to provide unique perspectives and leadership if elected to the Board.

      Internet Exchange Points play a vital role in the universe of internet infrastructure, which is constantly changing and evolving. We are witnessing a massive shift with internet infrastructure, and it is more important than ever to ensure the world knows about this role the IXP plays.

      I appreciate the opportunity to stand for election for the SIX Board of Directors. I give my commitment to the community in that I will listen to your needs and will consistently work towards improving and unlocking value for members.

    Christian Koch endorsement:

    • Please consider this message as my support for Christian Koch for SIX Board position. Christian is a very talented, connected and community driven engineer that would bring great value to the board.


      - Stephen Klenert

  • Matthew Moyle-Croft statement:

    • I have worked in this industry since 1994 and been involved with IXes across all of the major continents in various forms. I have been on the SIX board since 2015 and been the Vice President since 2016. I believe I can continue to help manage and guide the SIX and provide the experience the organisation needs to navigate these uncertain times. I believe the SIX will continue to be a major and important focal point of interconnection in the Pacific North West for the foreseeable future and so ensuring continuity and growth is important to the SIX members and community.

    Matthew Moyle-Croft endorsements:

    • Upon first meeting MMC it was clear he'd be a valuable voice on the SIX board. We immediately asked him to join, and throughout his tenure he's been a strong, calm and insightful contributor to the board. Please vote for MMC for the SIX board.

      Nikos Mouat - SIX Co-founder/President

    • Matthew has an expert-level understanding of the global peering ecosystem, is both a technical and strategic thinker, and is a perfect addition to the SIX Board. I appreciate and support his willingness to serve, and unequivocally support his candidacy.

      Michael Smith, Former SIX Board Member

  • Brad Raymo statement:

    • Brad Raymo is the Director of Peering Strategy at StackPath where he is responsible for peering and interconnection strategy. He has been involved in interconnection in various aspects for over 10 years. Over his career every company he has been a part of has been a member of SIX. He is also the currently elected Treasurer of Open-IX. He has also been a member of the NANOG Program committee for several years. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/braymo

Voter Registration:

  • SIX Board Election Voter Registration for April 15th-29th UTC election
    We are using a voting website known as BigPulse to conduct the April 15th
    through 29th UTC Seattle Internet Exchange Board election.
    The SIX Board recently ratified new participants as voting members and you
    can check out your organization's status at:
    Before you can get access to the ballot at BigPulse, we need to know that
    you are the sole authorized representative voter for an organization with
    a SIX membership.
    Further, we need to confirm that your organization is not affiliated with
    any other organization intending to vote.  The Bylaws up at
    https://www.seattleix.net/docs/20170418_Bylaws.pdf govern affiliation as
       - '2.3.3 Members who are affiliated with each other are entitled to a
         total of one vote upon each issue or election. "Affiliate" means,
         with respect to a particular person, any entity that directly or
         indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control
         with such person, as judged by the Secretary.'
    If you intend to vote, please complete the following form and send
    it to secretary@seattleix.net.
    1) Organization ASN:
    2) Organization Name:
    3) I am the sole authorized voter for this organization:  (yes or no)
    4) This organization is affiliated (per the definition above) with these
       other ASNs:  (put N/A if not applicable)
    5) Email address to which BigPulse should send the ballot login, if
       different than your own:  (example: peering@example.net)
    The Policy or other contact email address in your organization's SIX or
    PeeringDB record will be informed that you are voting for your
    organization, so please make sure you are pre-authorized to do so.

Past Board Elections:

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019