Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to all those involved.
James On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente < patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote: > Dear all, > > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June. > > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months, > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation > and the movement. > > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine. > > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description. > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta. > > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta. > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values > and our communities. > > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint > Katherine now. > > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction, > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction > through this year’s annual plan. > > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback > and discussion. > > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate > for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the > Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was > appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on > freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights; > supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation, > advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work > with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and > the World Bank. If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more > about her on Meta. > > With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the > leadership and clarity to move forward. We wish Katherine the very best in > this role, and the Board looks forward to continuing to work with her. > > We would also like to thank the many community members and Foundation > staff who actively shared thoughtful, highly valuable feedback. Without > that, we would not have been able to come to this decision. > > Please join us in congratulating Katherine! > > Patricio Lorente, outgoing Board Chair > > Christophe Henner, incoming Board Chair > > > 1. > > Alice Wiegand (Committee Chair), Dariusz Jemielniak, Guy Kawasaki, > Kelly Battles. > 2. > > For example, community and governance experience, appointed and > community-selected seats, and US and non-US perspectives. > 3. > > The committee reviewed 7 different firms and unanimously picked > Viewcrest. > > > ------------------------------ > > >  > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Executive_Director_Transition_Team/2016 > > [2 ] > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Executive_Director_Transition_Team/2016/Updates > >  > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Executive_Director_Transition_Team/2016/Community_input > >  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF) > -- > > > > _______________________________________________ > Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately > directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia > community. 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