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*Wikimedia Foundation appoints Toby Negrin as Chief Product Officer*

*Toby Negrin has been with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2013 and brings
nearly two decades of experience in research, design, analytics, and
product development*

(San Francisco, California) 8 November 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation is
excited to announce the appointment of Toby Negrin as Chief Product
Officer. Toby has been leading the Foundation's product development in an
interim capacity since April. He brings nearly 20 years of experience of
integrating data, research, and design to produce effective and popular

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports
Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. Together, Wikipedia and the
Wikimedia projects are visited by more than a billion unique devices every
month. The Wikimedia Foundation is driven by its mission to build a world
in which every single person can freely share in the sum of all human

As Chief Product Officer, Toby will lead one of the organization's largest
departments in collaborating with the Wikimedia communities on the
development of the software products which operate Wikipedia and the other
Wikimedia projects. He will be responsible for cultivating a culture of
excellence, engagement, and sustainability within the product engineering
teams. Toby will also work with others in the organization's leadership on
responding to the product needs and requests of the Wikimedia communities.

"Toby has demonstrated a style of leadership focused on outcomes,
collaboration with the Wikimedia community, and respect for Wikimedia
values," said Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia
Foundation. "He has a deep interest in partnership with our communities, an
instinct for assembling and cultivating teams, and a record of supporting
staff as they develop and explore new skills and roles. I am thrilled to
have him leading the Wikimedia Foundation's product development efforts."

Since joining the Wikimedia Foundation in 2013, Toby has led an expansion
of our analytics efforts, built a new team focused on people who utilize
the content developed by Wikimedia's volunteers, and championed the
development of intuitive mobile interfaces and mobile applications. Toby
played a critical role in the creation of the organization's Community Tech
team, which develops features and tools based on feedback from active
members of the communities. He was also a part of the creation of the New
Readers program, a cross-departmental effort to help new people discover
and benefit from Wikimedia's projects.

Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation, Toby led analytics efforts at
DeNA, a mobile social games company. At DeNA, he partnered with colleagues
in Japan and China to build global dashboards used to track gaming
performance around the world. He also held roles at Yahoo! related to cloud
platforms, anti-abuse efforts, and content moderation. Toby grew up in Los
Angeles and the UK before landing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and worked
in software development at startups in Sweden and The Netherlands.

"The Wikimedia movement is an amazing collaboration among editors,
developers, chapters and other organizations around the globe," Toby said.
"I am excited and honored to be part of the movement and look forward to
partnering with our communities to build the tools and experiences for the
next 15 years."

Toby graduated from the NIMBAS Graduate School of Management and University
of California - Santa Cruz. In his free time, he enjoys spending time
winemaking and grape growing, running and hiking Bay Area trails, playing
tennis, and supporting the Golden Gate Philharmonic youth orchestra.

*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. *Wikimedia Foundation press contact*  <>

*Samantha Lien*
Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation
1Montgomery Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
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