Welcome to Wikimedia movements, Raju!

Best regards from Indonesia,

2017-10-17 1:19 GMT+07:00 Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>:

> Hi everyone,
> Over the past year, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has been
> reviewing and evolving our appointment and onboarding process for new Board
> members. While that has resulted in some lingering vacancies, we knew it
> was important to update these processes to help maintain a cordial and
> productive Board.
> The updated appointment process provides the entire board with more
> detailed (albeit private) information about each candidate’s background,
> public profile, past professional and volunteer work, and ability to
> contribute to the Board. The updated onboarding process is meant to help
> Board members learn about the processes and expectations of our Board more
> quickly to help reduce productivity lost to transitions. Special thanks to
> everyone serving on the Board Governance Committee and Nataliia for the
> work they have put into these improvements!
> I am also incredibly excited to share that these efforts have helped us
> identify and appoint an amazing addition to the Wikimedia Foundation Board
> of Trustees! At our October meeting, the Board appointed and welcomed Raju
> Narisetti to fill one of the vacant expert seats.
> Raju is a veteran media executive and journalist and brings a wealth of
> communications experience to the board. He is also a veteran of nonprofit
> governance and currently serves on the board for the International Center
> for Journalists and Institute for International Education. I am confident
> he will be a very valuable addition to the board and thrilled that he has
> agreed to join us!
> We will continue to make improvements to our governance processes, for
> example with the learnings from the on-going governance review, and apply
> what we have learned to future appointments and filling our remaining
> vacancy. Thank you for everyone’s patience as we took a pause and worked on
> recruiting the best possible candidates, rather than simply rushing to fill
> the seats.
> In the meantime, below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the
> official announcement about Raju Narisetti and please join me in warmly
> welcoming him to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the
> Wikimedia movement!
> Christophe
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> Raju Narisetti joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> Media veteran brings nearly three decades of global strategic experience in
> digital media and audience development to the Wikimedia Foundation Board
> Image:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Raju_Narisetti_-_
> International_Journalism_Festival_2015.JPG
> San Francisco, CA, October 16, 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation today
> announced the appointment of Raju Narisetti, a veteran media executive and
> journalist, to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
> Raju brings more than 29 years of media experience across three continents.
> He is currently CEO of Univision Communications Inc’s Gizmodo Media Group,
> the publisher of websites including Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker and The
> Root.
> “Raju has dedicated his life’s work to information as a public service. His
> commitment to editorial integrity, independence, and inclusion is deeply
> aligned with Wikimedia values. His passion and expertise in digital
> strategy and international growth will be invaluable to our movement’s
> future as we advance our global free knowledge mission,” said Wikimedia
> Foundation Executive Director, Katherine Maher.
> Prior to joining the Gizmodo Media Group, Raju served as Senior Vice
> President, Strategy, at News Corp, one of the largest media companies in
> the world and the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and The Times of
> London. In that role, Raju was responsible for identifying new digital
> growth opportunities globally for News Corp.
> “There has never been more urgency in Wikipedia's 16-year history than now,
> for upholding the values of free exchange of information and knowledge,”
> said Raju. “Despite mounting challenges around the world, rapid innovation
> is creating tremendous opportunities for the Wikimedia Foundation. I have
> much to learn, but am also looking forward to lending my nearly three
> decades of global media experiences to the movement, to help engage more
> digital and mobile audiences, particularly diverse young people, and
> harness their energy to benefit from—and support—the vital values that
> underpin all Wikimedia initiatives.”
> Before joining News Corp, Raju spent nearly 25 years as a journalist and
> editor. He started at The Economic Times in India before moving to The
> Dayton Daily News (Ohio), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and The Washington
> Post. Starting out as a summer intern at WSJ, he eventually became Editor
> of The Wall Street Journal Europe and later Managing Editor of WSJ’s
> digital newsrooms. At The Washington Post, he was the Managing Editor who
> led the Post’s rethinking of its separate digital and print newsrooms and
> operations.
> A native of Hyderabad, India, Raju is also the founder of Mint, currently
> India’s second-largest daily business newspaper by circulation.
> “Raju's extensive international and journalistic experience will add
> valuable perspective to the Board as we look to bring new voices from
> around the world into our movement. I am impressed by his willingness to
> learn about and embrace the values behind the Wikimedia movement, and look
> forward to working with him to support our free knowledge mission,” said
> Nataliia Tymkiv, Governance Chair for the Board.
> Raju is currently the Vice-chair for the Board of Directors of the
> International
> Center for Journalists
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Center_for_Journalists>, as
> well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of
> International Education
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_International_Education>,
> which
> administers the Fulbright Scholarship
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulbright_Scholarship> programmes. He lives
> in Brooklyn, New York.
> Raju joins eight other Foundation Trustees
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees> who collectively
> bring expertise in the Wikimedia community, financial oversight,
> governance, and organizational development; and a commitment to advancing
> Wikimedia’s mission of free knowledge for all.
> He was approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
> His term is effective October 2017 and will continue for three years.
> Please see the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees> for complete
> biographies.
> ###
> About the Wikimedia Foundation
> The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
> operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the
> world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
> across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
> Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
> knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
> month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
> the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is
> a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
> Christophe HENNER
> Chair of the board of trustees
> chen...@wikimedia.org
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