Hi Antanan,

Thanks for the update. We are thrilled to have Kathy join the team and look
forward to her contributions.

Best regards,
Aliyu Shaba

On Wed, Nov 1, 2023, 10:21 PM Nataliia Tymkiv <ntym...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am writing with an update on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> Audit Committee Chair search process.
> You may recall that in July 2023, I wrote about the Board’s need to
> identify a replacement for trustee and Audit Committee chair Tanya Capuano
> [1] and the requirements that the Board had identified for the position
> [2]. The Governance Committee conducted a search over a months-long
> process, which included a search firm as well as a call for candidates
> through the communities; the main components of the recruitment process are
> described here [3]. In August at Wikimania, the Governance Committee made a
> recommendation to the Board to move forward with the top finalist, and the
> Board accepted it [4]. I am pleased to announce that Kathy Collins [5] will
> be joining officially at our next Board meeting on December 6, 2023.
> Kathy has extensive financial and nonprofit governance experience that she
> brings to this role. She has worked as a financial expert for her entire
> career, across both higher education institutions and state and federal
> governments in the United States. She was Vice President of Finance at Rice
> University in Houston, Texas for nearly 20 years, a position she held until
> last year when she retired. She has also been a trustee at Mount Holyoke
> College in Massachusetts, where she served in multiple Board leadership
> roles including Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee and
> member of the Audit, Governance and Development Committees and the DEI 
> (Diversity,
> equity, and inclusion) Task Force. Her experience and expertise are very
> relevant to the challenges we  as the Board are seeing for this role.
> Please join me in welcoming her!
> This is a planned role succession, with a very clear profile needed, and
> as I mentioned before [4], over the past year, there have been quite a lot
> of intentional improvements to all of our processes (e.g., recruitment,
> appointments, onboarding, succession planning), so that Trustees with no or
> limited Wikimedia experience can start engaging in community conferences,
> events, and on-wiki discussions as soon as possible, and as the role of a
> Trustee is complex, it is better if the process can start before the
> official appointment, when already a certain level of knowledge is expected
> to start making informed decisions.  And Kathy has wasted no time in
> pre-onboarding to the Wikimedia Foundation and learning about the Movement
> and Board. She has been joining the Audit and Governance Committee meetings
> for the past few months. Kathy also will also be joining other Trustees in
> person at the WikiConference North America event in Toronto, which will be
> her first community event, and also an opportunity to get to know some of
> her future colleagues on the Board better.
> I would like to thank Tanya Capuano for continuing to support the
> Foundation while Kathy is pre-onboarded to the Audit Committee and the
> Board. Tanya has also graciously agreed to remain an Advisor to the Audit
> Committee after her term officially ends in December.
> Recently, Maryana Iskander announced Talking: 2024 [6], conversations to
> share, listen, and learn with intention as we all continue to plan our
> future as a movement. If you would like to talk to me about this or any
> other Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees topics, you can use the Let’s
> Talk feature to sign up for a time to speak with me [7].
> [1]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/message/OG3NQUL4HKUYPRSLUKM2RI2LRXGJRG5I/
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Governance_Committee/Board_recruitment
> [3]
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees/Recruiting_procedure
> [4]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/thread/PAKLDS53PN7GVLYVML6OWSTEEF5KWJ2M/
> [5]
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2023/11/01/wikimedia-foundation-welcomes-kathy-collins-as-new-incoming-board-trustee-and-audit-chair/
> [6]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Community_Affairs_Committee/Talking:_2024#October_2023_Update_and_Invitation_to_Talking:_2024
> [7]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Community_Affairs_Committee/Talking:_2024#Let's_talk
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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