Congratulations!

2016-06-24 9:08 GMT-03:00, Michael Maggs <mich...@maggs.name>:
> Welcome Katherine, from all of us at Wikimedia UK.  That's fantastic news!
>
> Michael
>
> ____________
> Michael Maggs
> Chair, WMUK
>
> Patricio Lorente 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, receivingmore 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)
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_%28WMF%29>
>>
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>>
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