Re: [Wikimedia-l] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-07 Thread Leinonen Teemu
Hi, 

Thanks for the good news, Katherine!
Welcome Kui!
Congratulations Heather!

What it comes to “how to engage such a large a diverse movement”, I think the 
WMF communication people are already doing good job in here. The solid vision 
and the clear mission of the movement are the bases on what it is good to build 
on. They also show that, although we are a large and diverse movement in 
various way, there are things we share and agree on, too. 

- Teemu 

> On 6 Jan 2018, at 11.25, Renée Bagslint  wrote:
> 
> I'm glad to hear that as Chief Creative Officer, Heather will "oversee the
> organization and movement’s voice, tone, and visual assets, and how they
> are incorporated into everything from our recent awareness videos to our
> press statements."  It would be good to know exactly who "we" are in this.
> It seems that "we" include the "movement", which is to say, all of us as
> users, volunteers and donors.  I look forward to hearing more about how
> Heather and her team will engage such a large and diverse movement to find
> out what it is that we want to say and find ways of helping us to say it.
> 
> On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 8:58 PM, Katherine Maher 
> wrote:
> 
>> Hi everyone,
>> 
>> I am excited to share with you all the results of our search for permanent
>> leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department.
>> 
>> Our own Heather Walls will transition from interim Chief of Communications
>> to leading the department full-time, in the newly created role of Chief
>> Creative Officer. She will be joined by a new Vice President of
>> Communications, Kui Kinyanjui, who will join us from her home in Nairobi,
>> Kenya in early March. Please join me in congratulating Heather and
>> welcoming Kui!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-07 Thread Scott MacLeod
Welcome, Heather and Kui!

(And thanks for sharing this good news, Katherine! ... not sure I can
congratulate to both of this lists).

Cheers, Scott

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:58 PM, Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I am excited to share with you all the results of our search for permanent
> leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department.
>
> Our own Heather Walls will transition from interim Chief of Communications
> to leading the department full-time, in the newly created role of Chief
> Creative Officer. She will be joined by a new Vice President of
> Communications, Kui Kinyanjui, who will join us from her home in Nairobi,
> Kenya in early March. Please join me in congratulating Heather and
> welcoming Kui!
>
> *The new roles*
>
> As Chief Creative Officer, Heather will remain at the Leadership team, with
> responsibility for the Communications department operations, and a mandate
> that focuses on helping people better understand our values and mission
> through our brand. She will oversee the organization and movement’s voice,
> tone, and visual assets, and how they are incorporated into everything from
> our recent awareness videos to our press statements. What do we sound and
> look like? How do you feel when you interact with us, as an editor, a
> reader, a donor? How do we spread and share our values? She will be
> responsible for new and creative initiatives that seek to expand the way
> people think about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, not only as an encyclopedia but
> an essential part of the way we understand the world.
>
> As Vice President of Communications, Kui will report directly to Heather
> and oversee our traditional and digital communications efforts. She will be
> responsible for our overall media positioning and coverage, critical issue
> management (also known as crisis communications), extending our digital
> media strategy, products, and presence, and supporting organizational
> leadership, such as myself, the Leadership team, and the Board, with
> effective and clear public communications. Kui also brings new and valuable
> skills that we’re sure to appreciate: first, a background in internal
> communications, which should help with improved information flows in our
> ever-more distributed organization, as well as a deep background in
> communications, campaigns, and marketing for emerging markets -- sure to be
> a critical skill for our efforts around improving awareness about Wikimedia
> in places where we want to reach more people.
>
> *About Heather Walls*
>
> Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Heather has been a driving force in
> our creative and brand efforts at the Foundation. Under her stewardship,
> the Foundation has dramatically reduced barriers to community usage of the
> trademarks under our care while also helping increase consistency in their
> usage. A member of the team before Communications was its own department,
> Heather was one of the first people I met and worked with when I joined as
> Chief Communications Officer. She graciously stepped in as leader of the
> department when I transitioned to Executive Director and has since grown
> into the role while making it her own. During that time, she has helped
> find the organization's place in the growing social media channels,
> modernized the Foundation’s brand, bringing it into greater alignment with
> our movement's values and workflows, and overseen pioneering
> community-supported awareness campaigns.
>
> Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather worked in design roles at
> organizations across California, Massachusetts, and the Midwest. She
> developed a special collections room and exhibit for California Academy of
> Sciences, and her work has been included in Architectural Record and
> exhibited at Harvard as well as Detroit and New York.
>
> *About Kui Kinyanjui*
>
> Kui will join the Foundation in March after concluding her current position
> as Head of Corporate Communications for Safaricom Limited in Kenya.
> Safaricom is one of the leading mobile network operators in Africa, and one
> of Kenya’s leading companies, providing mobile and banking services to more
> than 28 million Kenyans. She brings deep communications skills, an
> incredible wealth of knowledge around emerging markets, and a passion for
> our efforts to reach beyond English-speaking audiences in our organization
> and movement communications.
>
> Kui is from Nairobi, Kenya. Her background is as a journalist and has
> worked for Business Daily and other platforms within Nation Media Group
> (the largest independent media organization in Eastern and Central Africa),
> PC World, EA Magazine, Executive Magazine in Kenya, and 360 Magazine in
> Washington, DC. She has also worked in communications for IBM, Ogilvy PR
> Worldwide, and Media Moguls. Kui will be relocating from Nairobi to the San
> Francisco Bay Area in the summer of 2018.
>
> *How this came about*
>
> This outcome may come 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-07 Thread Renée Bagslint
I'm glad to hear that as Chief Creative Officer, Heather will "oversee the
organization and movement’s voice, tone, and visual assets, and how they
are incorporated into everything from our recent awareness videos to our
press statements."  It would be good to know exactly who "we" are in this.
It seems that "we" include the "movement", which is to say, all of us as
users, volunteers and donors.  I look forward to hearing more about how
Heather and her team will engage such a large and diverse movement to find
out what it is that we want to say and find ways of helping us to say it.

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 8:58 PM, Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I am excited to share with you all the results of our search for permanent
> leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department.
>
> Our own Heather Walls will transition from interim Chief of Communications
> to leading the department full-time, in the newly created role of Chief
> Creative Officer. She will be joined by a new Vice President of
> Communications, Kui Kinyanjui, who will join us from her home in Nairobi,
> Kenya in early March. Please join me in congratulating Heather and
> welcoming Kui!
>
> *The new roles*
>
> As Chief Creative Officer, Heather will remain at the Leadership team, with
> responsibility for the Communications department operations, and a mandate
> that focuses on helping people better understand our values and mission
> through our brand. She will oversee the organization and movement’s voice,
> tone, and visual assets, and how they are incorporated into everything from
> our recent awareness videos to our press statements. What do we sound and
> look like? How do you feel when you interact with us, as an editor, a
> reader, a donor? How do we spread and share our values? She will be
> responsible for new and creative initiatives that seek to expand the way
> people think about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, not only as an encyclopedia but
> an essential part of the way we understand the world.
>
> As Vice President of Communications, Kui will report directly to Heather
> and oversee our traditional and digital communications efforts. She will be
> responsible for our overall media positioning and coverage, critical issue
> management (also known as crisis communications), extending our digital
> media strategy, products, and presence, and supporting organizational
> leadership, such as myself, the Leadership team, and the Board, with
> effective and clear public communications. Kui also brings new and valuable
> skills that we’re sure to appreciate: first, a background in internal
> communications, which should help with improved information flows in our
> ever-more distributed organization, as well as a deep background in
> communications, campaigns, and marketing for emerging markets -- sure to be
> a critical skill for our efforts around improving awareness about Wikimedia
> in places where we want to reach more people.
>
> *About Heather Walls*
>
> Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Heather has been a driving force in
> our creative and brand efforts at the Foundation. Under her stewardship,
> the Foundation has dramatically reduced barriers to community usage of the
> trademarks under our care while also helping increase consistency in their
> usage. A member of the team before Communications was its own department,
> Heather was one of the first people I met and worked with when I joined as
> Chief Communications Officer. She graciously stepped in as leader of the
> department when I transitioned to Executive Director and has since grown
> into the role while making it her own. During that time, she has helped
> find the organization's place in the growing social media channels,
> modernized the Foundation’s brand, bringing it into greater alignment with
> our movement's values and workflows, and overseen pioneering
> community-supported awareness campaigns.
>
> Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather worked in design roles at
> organizations across California, Massachusetts, and the Midwest. She
> developed a special collections room and exhibit for California Academy of
> Sciences, and her work has been included in Architectural Record and
> exhibited at Harvard as well as Detroit and New York.
>
> *About Kui Kinyanjui*
>
> Kui will join the Foundation in March after concluding her current position
> as Head of Corporate Communications for Safaricom Limited in Kenya.
> Safaricom is one of the leading mobile network operators in Africa, and one
> of Kenya’s leading companies, providing mobile and banking services to more
> than 28 million Kenyans. She brings deep communications skills, an
> incredible wealth of knowledge around emerging markets, and a passion for
> our efforts to reach beyond English-speaking audiences in our organization
> and movement communications.
>
> Kui is from Nairobi, Kenya. Her background is as a journalist and has
> worked for Business Daily and 

[Wikimedia-l] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-05 Thread Katherine Maher
Hi everyone,

I am excited to share with you all the results of our search for permanent
leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department.

Our own Heather Walls will transition from interim Chief of Communications
to leading the department full-time, in the newly created role of Chief
Creative Officer. She will be joined by a new Vice President of
Communications, Kui Kinyanjui, who will join us from her home in Nairobi,
Kenya in early March. Please join me in congratulating Heather and
welcoming Kui!

*The new roles*

As Chief Creative Officer, Heather will remain at the Leadership team, with
responsibility for the Communications department operations, and a mandate
that focuses on helping people better understand our values and mission
through our brand. She will oversee the organization and movement’s voice,
tone, and visual assets, and how they are incorporated into everything from
our recent awareness videos to our press statements. What do we sound and
look like? How do you feel when you interact with us, as an editor, a
reader, a donor? How do we spread and share our values? She will be
responsible for new and creative initiatives that seek to expand the way
people think about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, not only as an encyclopedia but
an essential part of the way we understand the world.

As Vice President of Communications, Kui will report directly to Heather
and oversee our traditional and digital communications efforts. She will be
responsible for our overall media positioning and coverage, critical issue
management (also known as crisis communications), extending our digital
media strategy, products, and presence, and supporting organizational
leadership, such as myself, the Leadership team, and the Board, with
effective and clear public communications. Kui also brings new and valuable
skills that we’re sure to appreciate: first, a background in internal
communications, which should help with improved information flows in our
ever-more distributed organization, as well as a deep background in
communications, campaigns, and marketing for emerging markets -- sure to be
a critical skill for our efforts around improving awareness about Wikimedia
in places where we want to reach more people.

*About Heather Walls*

Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Heather has been a driving force in
our creative and brand efforts at the Foundation. Under her stewardship,
the Foundation has dramatically reduced barriers to community usage of the
trademarks under our care while also helping increase consistency in their
usage. A member of the team before Communications was its own department,
Heather was one of the first people I met and worked with when I joined as
Chief Communications Officer. She graciously stepped in as leader of the
department when I transitioned to Executive Director and has since grown
into the role while making it her own. During that time, she has helped
find the organization's place in the growing social media channels,
modernized the Foundation’s brand, bringing it into greater alignment with
our movement's values and workflows, and overseen pioneering
community-supported awareness campaigns.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather worked in design roles at
organizations across California, Massachusetts, and the Midwest. She
developed a special collections room and exhibit for California Academy of
Sciences, and her work has been included in Architectural Record and
exhibited at Harvard as well as Detroit and New York.

*About Kui Kinyanjui*

Kui will join the Foundation in March after concluding her current position
as Head of Corporate Communications for Safaricom Limited in Kenya.
Safaricom is one of the leading mobile network operators in Africa, and one
of Kenya’s leading companies, providing mobile and banking services to more
than 28 million Kenyans. She brings deep communications skills, an
incredible wealth of knowledge around emerging markets, and a passion for
our efforts to reach beyond English-speaking audiences in our organization
and movement communications.

Kui is from Nairobi, Kenya. Her background is as a journalist and has
worked for Business Daily and other platforms within Nation Media Group
(the largest independent media organization in Eastern and Central Africa),
PC World, EA Magazine, Executive Magazine in Kenya, and 360 Magazine in
Washington, DC. She has also worked in communications for IBM, Ogilvy PR
Worldwide, and Media Moguls. Kui will be relocating from Nairobi to the San
Francisco Bay Area in the summer of 2018.

*How this came about*

This outcome may come as a surprise after we began an external search for a
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMCO), but like many surprises,
this outcome feels entirely obvious in retrospect. Heather and Kui have
essential skills and experiences that are highly complementary and will
serve to elevate and push the work of both the Communications department
and the Foundation overall. We will