Congratulations, Katherine! I hope that you have a good start in your new
position, and that the challenges ahead don't overwhelm you.

Good luck,
Micru

On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 9:47 AM, Steven Crossin <cro0...@gmail.com> wrote:

> What Oliver said. Katherine was my pick for interim ED as well. Im sure she
> will do an amazing job
>
> Steve
>
> On Fri, 11 Mar 2016 2:10 pm Oliver Keyes <ironho...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > \o/\o/\o/\o/
> >
> > So glad to see this wonderful choice!
> >
> > ...if we're gonna have Katherine as the interim...do we really need to
> > find someone permanent? ;)
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 10:05 PM, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > > 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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