Congratulations Selena.

Wishing you the very best in your new role.

You are welcome!

On Mon, 13 Jun 2022 at 18:35, Risker <> wrote:

> Welcome to Wikimedia, Selena. It is very good to see this role being
> filled by someone with your level of experience - especially your
> experience in the open source and free knowledge communities.
> I am sure many people will be looking forward to meeting you and getting
> to work with you, even those of us in the non-tech/non-product areas.
> Risker/Anne
> On Mon, 13 Jun 2022 at 13:24, Selena Deckelmann <>
> wrote:
>> Hello!
>> I’m so excited to join you all, and I am grateful to Maryana and the many
>> people I’ve met on my journey to today’s announcement. Thank you for this
>> opportunity to introduce myself!
>> My grandfather was a TV repairman and I grew up watching him tinker and
>> fix things, but college was when I decided to explore electronics and
>> computers. I started college thinking that I would play jazz violin and
>> maybe get a chemistry degree! A year later, I’d learned about the Internet
>> which resulted in skipping classes to install Linux from floppy disks, and
>> landing a job at a help desk.
>> My first programming language was TI-Basic
>> <>, and my second was C++. I spent
>> many years with Perl (I’ve had dreams in Perl!), SQL
>> <>
>> and later Python, and I’ve dabbled with wikis, including Federated Wiki and
>> MediaWiki. I admire Ursula Franklin
>> <> and love her book The
>> Real World of Technology.
>> As I explored computers back in college, I felt compelled to share. The
>> experience didn’t feel complete if I was alone. I vividly remember the
>> people I connected with – who mentored me, who I wrote software with and
>> who just listened. My love for the internet, its freedoms and
>> connectedness, came from discovering a world of knowledge freely shared
>> beyond anything I had imagined before.
>> During my interviews with Wikimedia, I felt that strong connection again.
>> I heard each person share their reasons for joining this movement and their
>> hopes for its future – often in the form of very challenging questions!
>> In the last few years, I’ve worked on problems at the intersection of
>> Mozilla’s mission to help create an internet for the benefit of
>> individuals, and its business. Very recently, this work resulted in
>> shipping Total Cookie Protection, making several major changes to the UX of
>> Firefox and launching a small advertising business called Firefox Suggest,
>> designed with lean data practices from the start. I loved doing this work
>> because of the difficulty of it, how intensely those involved had to work
>> to understand one another and the communities they served, and that my
>> pragmatic optimism had a part to play in getting things shipped.
>> I also reflected on this moment in my own life: I grew up in Montana
>> <>, where I attended public school.
>> I love talking about, reading about
>> <>
>> and sometimes doing weightlifting. I’m hapa
>> <>, and I met the Chinese part of
>> my family as an adult. I think privacy and freedom
>> <> are
>> intimately connected, and that exercising freedoms is a good way to keep
>> them. I’m married to a high school teacher, and I have two kids who love to
>> crash video meetings, including my interviews with the Wikimedia
>> Foundation.
>> All of that, together, is why I’m joining the Foundation. Wikipedia is
>> the promise of collaboration on the internet and the movement for free
>> knowledge made good on, in practice not in theory. I believe that Wikimedia
>> projects have successfully demonstrated a model that produces trustworthy
>> knowledge, and have created a home on the internet that the world
>> profoundly trusts. I want to help make and ship things to advance free
>> knowledge using the skills I have, while also continuing to learn from this
>> ever expanding community of people all around the world.
>> I plan to follow Maryana’s lead, and will start by meeting many people to
>> really understand what we collectively need to create a global, equitable
>> and inclusive future for free knowledge.
>> Although I will  join officially in August, I would love to hear from
>> anyone interested in sharing directly with me at
>> -selena
>> On Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 10:09 AM Maryana Iskander <
>>> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> When I started in January, I  shared with you that one of my top
>>> priorities
>>> <>
>>> coming to the Wikimedia Foundation was to actively step in and support the
>>> Foundation’s product and technology teams while we recruited executive
>>> leadership of these mission critical functions with a new Chief Product and
>>> Technology Officer.
>>> I am delighted to introduce you to Selena Deckelmann, who will be
>>> joining the Wikimedia Foundation on August 1. She is based in Portland,
>>> Oregon in the United States.
>>> Selena is currently the Senior Vice President at Mozilla, where she has
>>> been for the last nine years. She leads the Firefox organization of more
>>> than 400 people responsible for all Firefox product and technology
>>> functions including desktop, mobile, web platform, and browser services.
>>> I have gotten to know Selena over several months and also learned from
>>> people who have worked with her over many years. She is known for
>>> successfully driving change by getting stakeholders aligned around what’s
>>> needed, and being seen as a trusted partner. Selena has built strong
>>> credibility over many years with colleagues and also with a broader
>>> developer community. She is described as a leader who can make the tough
>>> decisions, develop skills, grow diverse contributors, and inspire teams.
>>> She also has a great laugh and looks for joy in her work!
>>> As context for the recruitment process: given the critical need to get
>>> this right, we used two firms with global search expertise who
>>> specialized in product/technology executive leadership roles. This meant
>>> double the work, but allowed us to more quickly build a large, globally
>>> diverse pool of over 500 candidates. Once we identified a smaller number of
>>> finalists, they participated in real-life case studies of some of our
>>> current challenges and met with Wikimedia stakeholders over the course of
>>> many months.
>>> As you all know, we have a highly unique and sometimes difficult
>>> environment with a multifaceted mission, complex structure, and often
>>> competing stakeholders. This is going to be a challenge for anyone,
>>> especially given the steep learning curve at Wikimedia (which I can confirm
>>> from my own experience!). I hope you will sign up to help me successfully
>>> onboard Selena as she gets started!
>>> Selena will share her own message with you shortly, and she can be
>>> reached directly at
>>> Maryana
>>> Maryana Iskander
>>> Wikimedia Foundation CEO
>>> ***
>>> Wikimedia Foundation welcomes Selena Deckelmann as Chief Product and
>>> Technology Officer
>>> 13 June 2022, San Francisco  — The Wikimedia Foundation today announced
>>> the appointment of Selena Deckelmann as Chief Product and Technology
>>> Officer. Selena is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Mozilla,
>>> where she was responsible for Firefox. She will officially join on August
>>> 1, 2022.
>>> Selena will lead the product and technology teams at the Wikimedia
>>> Foundation. These teams support the technology infrastructure and
>>> innovation that powers Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia, one of the
>>> most visited websites in the world with more than 16 billion pageviews per
>>> month. They also enable more than 300,000 global volunteers to edit
>>> Wikimedia projects each month.
>>> “Selena has a proven track record of delivering results by enabling
>>> individuals and teams to tackle unique and often complex challenges,” said
>>> Maryana Iskander, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation. “She has dedicated her
>>> career to open source technologies for empowerment and inclusion.”
>>> At Mozilla, where she has been for nearly a decade, Selena currently
>>> leads the Firefox organization of more than 400 people responsible for all
>>> Firefox product and technology functions including desktop, mobile, web
>>> platform, and browser services. She oversaw some of the company’s most
>>> significant achievements including performance projects like Quantum Flow,
>>> architectural changes like Project Fission, key features like Enhanced
>>> Tracking Protection and Total Cookie Protection, and services such as
>>> Firefox Monitor. In her nine years at Mozilla, Selena held various other
>>> roles including Vice President for Firefox Desktop, Senior Director for Web
>>> Platform Engineering and Gecko Runtime, and Senior Manager for Gecko
>>> Security Engineering.
>>> Selena also brings experience from her previous roles as co-founder of
>>> Prime Radiant, a software as a service business that explored how to
>>> improve business processes at scale with checklist automation software, and
>>> as Consulting Director of Development for The Ada Initiative, an
>>> organization that was dedicated to increasing the participation of women in
>>> open source and technology communities. She was a major contributor to
>>> PostgreSQL, one of the largest free and open source databases in the world.
>>> “Open collaboration produces better solutions for the world, and
>>> technology is a critical enabler of making this true,” said Selena. “I look
>>> forward to contributing to Wikimedia’s inspiring free knowledge mission.”
>>> As Chief Product and Technology Officer, Selena will work with Wikimedia
>>> Foundation staff, technical contributors, volunteer developers,
>>> researchers, and communities to support Wikimedia’s 2030 Movement
>>> Strategy
>>> <>
>>> to advance free and open access to knowledge. The majority of the
>>> Foundation is focused on product and technology development in service of
>>> our mission.
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