Congratulations, Katherine, and thank you for taking on this
responsibility! I am glad to read all those congrats and wonderful
emails from people involved.

And thank you to the C-level team and Board for making this decision,
and for making it quickly and transparent.

I look forward to working with you, and to warmly welcoming you in
Berlin in April!

Cheers,
Nicole

On 11 March 2016 at 11:18, David Parreño Mont <david.parr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> OMG! Many congratulations, Katherine!
>
> El dv., 11 març 2016 a les 4:00, Katherine Maher (<kma...@wikimedia.org>)
> va escriure:
>
>> Thank you, Patricio.
>>
>> I want to thank the Board for this opportunity, and for their confidence in
>> the Foundation. I also want to thank community members and staff for
>> continuing to be such committed advocates for our future -- your passion
>> and belief in our movement and purpose have been tremendous things to
>> behold.
>>
>> As a movement, we’ve had some challenges lately. We’ve started on a process
>> of change, but as Lydia Pintscher (User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)) recently
>> reminded us,[1] “Change happens at the speed of trust.” We will need to
>> work together over these coming months to build that trust, and open
>> critical lines of communication and accountability. I get the sense from
>> many people that that’s exactly what they’d like to do: absorb the lessons
>> we’ve learned, re-engage with each other, and get back to advancing our
>> global movement.
>>
>> At the Foundation, we have an opportunity to center around our values, and
>> practice open and collaborative communication. During the interim period, I
>> want to get things working well and improve transparency and communication,
>> both internally and with the communities. We will work to create a
>> supportive, fair environment where people can get things done, engage with
>> their colleagues and community members, and understand how their work has
>> an impact on our mission. This includes delivering on important deadlines
>> for the Annual Plan and strategy,[2] filling key roles, and making progress
>> on issues raised in our recent engagement survey.
>>
>> We are committed to delivering the first version of the 2016-2017 Annual
>> Plan no later than April 1st for community and FDC review, and are on track
>> to meet this deadline. The WMF 2016-2018 strategy development is also
>> underway, with a draft version open for comments until March 18.[3] Over
>> the coming weeks, we’ll be moving forward with our Chief Technology Officer
>> (CTO) search, and working with the Talent and Culture team to reinvest in
>> our culture. As new other emerge, we’ll work together to prioritize them.
>>
>> To accomplish all of this, we are going to need your help. I want to hear
>> from you about what you would like to achieve in this interim period. This
>> includes how we can collaborate together to prepare the organization and
>> movement to welcome our next Executive Director. The Foundation is prepared
>> to actively support the Board in the search, and we will work closely with
>> them to share important information and create opportunities to give
>> feedback throughout the process.
>>
>> Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 15th birthday of the movement.[4]
>> Millions of people around the world shared their love for Wikimedia. It was
>> a celebration of why we do what we do, and how much joy the movement brings
>> people everywhere. That’s something I try to keep in mind every day.
>>
>> Yours sincerely,
>> Katherine
>>
>> [1] https://twitter.com/nightrose/status/660043284841107457
>> [2]
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Combined_strategy_and_annual_plan_timeline
>> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Draft_WMF_Strategy
>> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:55 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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>>
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