You're talking to one now, and I know several others. Now speaking for me,
I would never want to be "VP of anything", and so I'm certainly not asking
this on my own behalf, but that's not necessarily true of everyone.

Regardless, I'd at least like to see some preference given toward
volunteers who might apply and encouragement for them to do so if
qualified. There's been, to put it mildly, some tone deafness of the VPN in
dealing with the community, and though some of the people engaged in that
were indeed volunteers as well, I have no idea if that was actually their
idea. (I hope not.) Perhaps having some people who have been volunteers
actually in charge might help to bridge that disconnect.

On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Todd,
>
> I'm not speaking for WMF or Lila here, just repeating what I've heard in
> other circles: it's rare to find a software engineer or designer who's an
> experienced Wikimedia content contributor. More common, but still far from
> plentiful, are experienced engineers who've contributed to MediaWiki and
> other open source tech tools. Pinging Quim in case he can give us some
> demographics of Wikimedia's volunteer tech pool and whether he thinks it
> might be possible to find an engineering executive in that pool.
>
> Pine
>
> Pine
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 6:21 PM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Lila,
> >
> > Will any consideration be given toward selecting a new leader for the
> > engineering team who has been an active volunteer with a Wikimedia
> project
> > for some period of time?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Todd
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:35 PM, Lila Tretikov <l...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > >
> > > I wanted to let you know that Damon Sicore’s last day with the WMF was
> > June
> > > 30th. Damon has served as the Vice President of Engineering and played
> a
> > > role in our strategic thinking as we retool to fulfill our mission of
> > > delivering free and open knowledge to the world. We wish him well.
> > >
> > >
> > > Some of you may have questions about this transition and our plans for
> > > Engineering leadership. There’s a small FAQ attached below that should
> > > address some of the immediate questions about next steps. While I know
> > you
> > > may have additional questions, we can’t share more regarding personnel
> > > issues. Thank you for respecting that confidentiality.
> > >
> > >
> > > ~~~~Lila
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. Why did Damon leave?
> > >
> > >
> > > Damon’s departure is a personnel issue, so we are not able to comment
> on
> > > it. Thank you for respecting that confidentiality and Damon’s privacy.
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. Who will manage Engineering and Technology?
> > >
> > >
> > > Lila and our interim Chief Operating Officer Terry Gilbey will be
> sharing
> > > oversight for the Engineering and Technology teams at the C-level.
> > They'll
> > > work closely with the strong leadership of the audience verticals and
> > > individual teams. Lila, Terry, Katie Horn, Toby Negrin, Trevor Parscal,
> > Wes
> > > Moran, and the C-team are committed to doing our best to minimize
> > > disruption to your day-to-day work, and to support you during this
> > > transition.
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. Who will guide Engineering decisions and set goals?
> > >
> > >
> > > The basic direction for the Engineering team is articulated in their
> > > approved Q1 goals. The team will continue to deliver on these
> > commitments.
> > > The audience team leads will meet regularly with Lila to ensure that
> > their
> > > work remains aligned with the WMF’s technical vision.
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. What does this mean for the new Engineering and Technology
> department
> > > structure?
> > >
> > >
> > > The department structures for Engineering and Technology remain the
> same.
> > > The audience verticals reflect the emerging strategy, and we believe
> they
> > > remain the best way to organize the WMF’s teams, based on the work we
> > have
> > > ahead of us in the next few years.
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. Will there be any additional department reorganization as part of
> > this?
> > >
> > >
> > > We’re not planning any additional organizational changes.
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. What does this mean for the ongoing CTO search?
> > >
> > >
> > > We are already underway with the CTO search; this will continue as
> > planned.
> > > The CTO role is an important part of executing against the WMF’s
> > > engineering strategy. We look forward to bringing on board a new CTO
> with
> > > the leadership, perspective, and skills that the position entails.
> > >
> > >
> > > Q. Will we recruit for a new Vice President of Engineering? What is the
> > > timeline?
> > >
> > >
> > > Our priority will continue to be filling the CTO role. Once we have
> > > identified a CTO we’ll revisit the role of VPE, to ensure that the new
> > > CTO’s perspective is taken into consideration.
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