A very positive move. Thank you Katherine for agreeing to step up and take
on this role. You have my full confidence :-)

James

On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 8:01 PM, Pharos <pharosofalexand...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congratulations, Katherine!
>
> She is an excellent choice to navigate us through for this difficult time.
>
> Thanks,
> Pharos
>
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 9:55 PM, Patricio Lorente <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I’m happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation leadership team has
> > proposed an interim Executive Director, and the Board has given our full
> > support. Starting on March 14th, current Chief Communications Officer
> > Katherine Maher (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF))
> > will
> > step into the role of interim Executive Director. We thank the C-levels
> for
> > their careful consideration in this process, and Katherine for stepping
> up
> > during this period of transition.
> >
> > In choosing an interim ED, the C-levels started by identifying immediate
> > priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving
> > communications, and filling key leadership positions. They felt, and we
> > agree, that Katherine is the right person to lead the organization while
> it
> > addresses these and other important issues. Additionally, this will allow
> > the rest of the executive team to focus on critical organizational
> > functions, including community and engineering management, fundraising,
> and
> > strengthening our human resources function. You can read more about our
> > process and thinking here:
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/March_2016_-_Leadership_Team_transition_planning
> >
> >
> > Katherine has been with the Foundation as Chief Communications Officer
> for
> > about two years now. During that time, she has developed a versatile and
> > effective team that serves the needs of the organization and movement,
> > collaborating closely with other departments and the community. She has
> > thoughtfully introduced new capacities and led her team through
> > transitions, and played a critical role in shepherding the strategy
> process
> > and the annual plan, in collaboration with other C-levels. She is known
> for
> > listening to and empowering the people that she works with.
> >
> > For those who don’t know Katherine, she’s been a longtime advocate for
> > global open communities, culture, and technology. She previously led
> > advocacy for the international digital rights organization Access Now,
> > where she worked on freedom of expression, access to information, and
> > privacy. She has supported the efforts of citizens and governments around
> > the world to deepen transparency and participation in her roles at the
> > World Bank, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> > UNICEF (where her team built wikis for youth participation in major
> global
> > issues). She is a member of the advisory board of the Open Technology
> Fund.
> >
> > With interim leadership in place, our next step as the Board is to move
> > quickly to plan and implement the search for a permanent Executive
> > Director. We will be working together over the coming weeks to clarify
> > roles and responsibilities in this search, and identify the best way for
> > community and staff to participate.  We want this process to be inclusive
> > and incorporate many voices. We look forward to sharing an update on our
> > progress toward the end of next week.
> >
> > As interim Executive Director, Katherine will report to the Board. Geoff
> > Brigham will continue serving as Board Secretary, and Jaime Villagomez as
> > Board Treasurer, reporting to the Board in those capacities. As of March
> > 14, Katherine's reports include the C-team: Geoff Brigham, Jaime
> > Villagomez, Maggie Dennis, Lisa Gruwell, Joady Lohr, and Wes Moran. The
> > Communications team will continue to report to Katherine for the time
> > being, with support from the leadership of Juliet Barbara and Heather
> > Walls.
> >
> > Thank you,
> >
> >                                          Patricio
> >
> > Translation notice - This message is available for translation on
> > Meta-Wiki:
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/10_March_2010_-_Wikimedia_Foundation_executive_transition_update
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