Very sad to hear this news. While the movement and WMF are in a better
place because of your work - that is in part why the impact of your
departure will be felt movement-wide.

It has always been a pleasure working with you and I am happy to hear that
you will remain present in the community. I certainly hope for a speedy and
full recovery on any remaining health challenges.

Also, best wishes on your next adventures - I am confident you will
continue to do amazing things. But still very sad to see you go. :(

Maggie - congratulations and condolences. While it is under sad
circumstances, it is still great and promising news.

-greg (User:Varnent)

On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 3:06 PM, Luis Villa <> wrote:

> This is the kind of email you never want to respond to, either as a manager
> or as a friend. Philippe will, of course, be missed around here. I spent my
> first two years here literally looking him in the eye over a cube wall
> every day, and as the office’s most frequent explainer of all things wiki,
> the place will not be the same without him. But I am also very glad to know
> that he will be taking care of himself so that he can tackle his next
> challenge from a healthy place.
> While Philippe will be impossible to completely replace, I am excited to
> share that Maggie Dennis [[User:Mdennis (WMF)]] has been promoted to
> Director of Community Advocacy, effective immediately. I expect Maggie’s
> amazing combination of energy, patience, and organization will make her a
> great leader for the team, and that the team will continue to be a solid
> source of support and communication with contributors.
> No transition is perfectly smooth, but I expect this one should be
> reasonably transparent for people outside the team: Maggie has already been
> managing much of the day-to-day work of the team, and her strong
> organizational and communications skills will shine through here. That
> said, please have some patience with the team as they adjust to new lines
> of communication and organization.
> Sadly, but with good memories of the past and optimism about the future-
> Luis
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Philippe Beaudette <
> > wrote:
> > Dear friends,
> >
> > Six years is a long time.  Over the last six years, I've been privileged
> to
> > be a part of so many things with you.  And I'm proud of what we've done
> > together.  For the last six years, I've been a part of things that will
> > excite me until the day that I die - the things that, together, we did in
> > service of that phrase - "the sum of human knowledge" - were magical.
> I'll
> > never forget them, and I've been honored to be a part of this movement.
> >
> > But it's time for me to move on.
> >
> > As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I've struggled with my
> > health.  I've come to the unpleasant realization that for my own good, I
> > need to step back and focus on healing, and then look around for new and
> > exciting opportunities.
> >
> > When Sue left, she said that her decision process included looking around
> > and taking stock of the people and the condition of the Foundation, and
> > asking herself "Is it safe? If I leave, is it safe?" and when she knew it
> > was, she began to consider the idea.
> >
> > I've been doing the same, obviously focused on projects and programs that
> > are important to me.  And I look around and I know that with the
> > contributors that we have - brilliant, dedicated, passionate people....
> and
> > the staff that we have - dynamic, talented, devoted, and fearless....
> it's
> > safe.  So it's time for me to move on, and to leave it to them.
> >
> > As a housekeeping note:  I've agreed with Luis that I'll be available
> until
> > 9/15, though I'll be out on medical leave, so may be slow to answer
> > questions.  If I owe you something, please remind me so that we can get
> it
> > properly assigned out.
> >
> > You can all reach out to me at any time... and
> > any time I see you will be a celebration.
> >
> > With my deepest affection,
> >
> > Philippe
> >
> > *Philippe Beaudette * \\  Director, Community Advocacy \\ Wikimedia
> > Foundation, Inc.
> > T: 1-415-839-6885 x6643 |  |  :  @Philippewiki
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