This is great news!  I believe your talent, knowledge, and insight will boost 
and elevate the WMF community, and I know your positive personality will be 
warmly welcomed.

Yours faithfully,
Damon Sicore <>
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> On Nov 2, 2016, at 11:22 AM, Katherine Maher <> 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:
> 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:
> Introducing_Victoria_Coleman_-_Chief_Technology_Officer
> ***
> --
> Katherine Maher
> Wikimedia Foundation
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> San Francisco, CA 94105
> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
> +1 (415) 712 4873
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