Congratulations to Abraham Taherivand for his new role as Interim
Executive Director, and to Christian for moving into his new position
as Undersecretary.

And I want to recognize the good work of the WMDE Supervisory Board
for managing this transition process well.
Sydney
Sydney Poore
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On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Dan Garry <dga...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Congratulations Christian! Having an advocate for the Wikimedia movement in
> such a position is definitely a good thing. :-)
>
> And, congratulations Abraham! I look forward to working with you in your
> new role.
>
> Dan
>
> On 8 December 2016 at 16:47, Christian Rickerts <
> christian.ricke...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
>
>> Dear Wikimedians,
>>
>> As Tim has already written, with effect from today I have stepped down from
>> the position as Executive Director and handed over the business to Abraham.
>> Tomorrow I will take the oath in my new position.
>>
>> I am looking back today at an incredible exciting, busy and funny time and
>> I am proud to see what we were able to achieve together. I also want to
>> thank you for all the warm and cheering messages I received after Tims
>> announcement.
>>
>> WMDE is in very good hands with Abraham, with a great team and solid
>> structures and processes in place. Therefore I am leaving with a tear in
>> one eye and a smile in the other.
>>
>> Congratulation Abraham (!) and good bye,
>>
>> Christian
>>
>> Am 08.12.2016 15:52 schrieb "Tim Moritz Hector" <
>> tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de>:
>>
>> Dear Wikimedians,
>>
>> Earlier this week I informed you that Christian Rickerts might become the
>> Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy and
>> enterprises. This has been confirmed today and Christian has stepped down
>> from his WMDE role.
>>
>> I am very pleased to announce that the WMDE Supervisory Board appointed
>> Abraham Taherivand as Interim Executive Director as of 8 December 2016.
>>
>> Abraham has joined WMDE in March 2012 and is the Head of our Software
>> Development department. He has been on the transition team during the last
>> ED search, has headed our works council and has been appointed deputy of
>> the Executive Director recently. In his multiple roles, Abraham’s decisions
>> have always been made in the sense of the Wikimedia Deutschland as a whole.
>> With immediate effect, he has the full rights and duties of the Executive
>> Director and will also continue to lead the Software Development
>> Department.
>>
>> This solution allows us as a board to approach the next steps with the
>> necessary calmness and deliberate thought. On 28-29 January 2017, we will
>> meet for our regular board retreat and discuss all questions regarding the
>> permanent filling of the ED position.
>>
>> Christian, once again a big thank you for your work with us.
>> Congratulations and a good start in politics. I would like to thank you,
>> Abraham, for your agreement to take on this crucial task and look forward
>> to the further, close cooperation with you!
>>
>> I will keep you posted on future updates in the transition process.
>>
>> For the Supervisory Board
>> Tim Moritz Hector
>> Chair
>>
>> --
>> Tim Moritz Hector
>> Chair of the Board
>> Wikimedia Deutschland
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