Congratulations Selena and welcome!

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On Mon, Jun 13, 2022, 6:56 PM James Popoola <> wrote:

> 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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