I'm sure this is great news not only for the Foundation but also for the
movement as a whole.

Congratulations to Katherine and thanks to the Board for taking this
decision.


*Galileo Vidoni*
Presidente
A. C. Wikimedia Argentina

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 12:37 PM, Sydney Poore <sydney.po...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
> Warm regards.
> Sydney
> On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro" <oonacas...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> > Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein" <meta...@gmail.com> escreveu:
> >
> > > Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
> > > swiftly.   ~SJ
> > > On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman" <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > 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[1]
> > > > > 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.[2]
> > > > >
> > > > > 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.[3]
> > > > > 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.[4]
> > > > >
> > > > > 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.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > ------------------------------
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > [1]
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> 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
> > > > >
> > > > > [3]
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Executive_Director_Transition_Team/2016/Community_input
> > > > >
> > > > > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF)
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