Thank you for joining us, Victoria. We've been waiting for a VPT for a long time.
Looking forward to all good things, Pine Pine On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 11:22 AM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > Hi everyone, > > I’m excited today to introduce the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief > Technology Officer, Victoria Coleman. Victoria’s first day is November 7, > and she will be based in the Foundation's office in San Francisco. > > Victoria comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in consumer and > enterprise technology. And as you’ll learn quickly when you start getting > to know her, she is deeply passionate about the importance of education, > and how the Wikimedia mission advances education and equity around the > world. > > When we started looking for a CTO for the Foundation, projects, and > communities, we knew we were looking for a unique person - someone with the > experience to lead confidently, and the confidence to embrace open > collaboration in leadership. We were looking for someone with a track > record of success leading strategy and execution for technology platforms > at scale, someone will be an effective mentor and leader for our Technology > department, and a strong partner to Product teams. We needed someone who > would thrive in our culture and be an inclusive collaborator with staff and > community. We agreed that Victoria met these requirements and then some. > > Victoria has deep experience across consumer and enterprise technology > fields and is a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the > public sector. She has seen and done many things in her career, from > mobility platforms to connected devices to cyber security to web services > at scale. She brings operational excellence in strategic long-term > planning, execution, delivery, and running large distributed teams. > > Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Vice President and Chief > Technology Officer for the Connected Home Division of Technicolor, where > she was responsible for innovation strategy, product management, technology > roadmaps, and technical due diligence for acquisitions and partnerships. > Previously, as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Harman, > she led the core technology platforms of the Infotainment Division > including systems and software, media, tuner, navigation, connectivity, and > advanced driver assist systems. Before this, she served as Vice President, > Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Vice President, Software Engineering of > Hewlett-Packard’s webOS global business unit, and Vice President of > Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology. > > Victoria also has deep familiarity with open source software development, > having witnessed the rise of the Unix movement first as a student and later > as an instructor. She has been actively involved in the development of the > Linux-based LiMo (renamed Tizen). She passionately believes in the power of > open source and is familiar with how a commitment to open source > strengthens platforms and products at an integral level. > > Victoria received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and > Computer > Aided Logic Design respectively from the University of Salford, UK and her > Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She is the > author of over 60 articles and books (!). She has worked with teams around > the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Finland, Germany, > India, Israel, Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. > > One thing that struck many of us throughout our conversations was > Victoria's commitment to volunteering her knowledge and expertise outside > of her daily professional activities, serving on advisory councils in > higher education and the public sector. She is on the advisory Board of the > Santa Clara University Department of Computer Engineering, and she is also > a Senior Advisor to the Director of the University of California > Berkeley’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of > Society. She serves as a volunteer advisor on both Lockheed Martin’s > Technology Advisory Group and on the United States Department of Defense’s > Defense Science Board where she offers advice and recommendations on > science, technology, manufacturing, and acquisition processes. > > As a native of Greece, Victoria is interested in becoming a contributor on > Greek Wikipedia, and getting to know our colleagues and communities over > the coming months. > > As many of you know, the CTO search has been an intensive process and our > highest recruiting priority in recent months. Dozens of people from across > the organization contributed to this effort, most notably the CTO hiring > committee, which included directors and senior staff from the Technology > department. Representatives from the C-level, Technology, and Product teams > also participated in interviews, panels, and lunches. In total, we reviewed > nearly 900 candidates, advancing 190 to recruiter screens, and reviewing 70 > with the hiring committee. > > I want to personally thank every single person who was involved in this > process. The focus and dedication of the Foundation’s recruiting team were > remarkable, as were the diligence and commitment of the many staff and > volunteers who supported this search. > > More information on Victoria’s full background can be found in our blog > post announcing her arrival: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/11/02/ > victoria-coleman-chief-technology-officer/ > > Victoria is on CC - please join me in welcoming her to the Foundation and > our movement! > > Warmly, > Katherine > > *** > > An on-wiki version of this message is available for translation: > https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Engineering/ > Introducing_Victoria_Coleman_-_Chief_Technology_Officer > > *** > > -- > Katherine Maher > > Wikimedia Foundation > 149 New Montgomery Street > San Francisco, CA 94105 > > +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635 > +1 (415) 712 4873 > kma...@wikimedia.org > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>