Dear friends,

Today, here in Gdansk,  at the meeting of the Board of Trustees during the 
sixth annual Wikimania Conference, the Board made some important changes. I'm 
pleased to share this news with you.  The Foundation will be issuing a public 
announcement shortly as well.

Every year at Wikimania, the Wikimedia Board appoints its officers for the 
coming year.  This year we have changes to each of the Officer roles. As of 
today's meeting, I was fortunate to be appointed Chair of the Board - and I'm 
grateful to have the support of the Board in this new role.. Stuart West was 
appointed Vice-chair (and continues as Board Treasurer), and Samuel Klein 
becomes Board Secretary.

Also, the Wikimedia chapters have made their selections for the two 
chapters-selected Board seats. Arne Klempert has been reappointed to his seat, 
and Phoebe Ayers has also been appointed to join the Board. 

This means that Michael Snow will be leaving the Board: he has been invited to 
join the Advisory Board, and the Board warmly thanks him for his service.

Michael Snow has been a tireless and dedicated leader of this Board, and the 
whole Wikimedia movement, over the past two years. I want to express my sincere 
thanks to him on behalf of the Board and all of the Wikimedia community.  I am 
also excited to congratulate and welcome Phoebe Ayers to the Board, and also to 
congratulate Arne Klempert for his re-appoitment to the Board in a 
Chapter-appointed seat.

There are 10 seats on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and according 
to the Foundation's bylaws, three members are elected by the Wikimedia 
community, two members are selected by the Wikimedia chapters, a Community 
Founder seat held by Jimmy Wales, and four members appointed by the Board 
itself to provide additional, specific expertise. Currently all seats on the 
Board of Trustees are filled.

This is the first time that the official Chapters selection process has been 
carried out. Members of Wikimedia's global chapters, made a call for 
nominations for new members and voted to elect their two members. In this 
year's election nine candidates from the Wikimedia community originally stepped 
forward. Two of those candidates stepped out of the process, leaving seven 
candidates for selection by the Chapters.

All of the officer appointments are effective immediately, and we are pleased 
to welcome Phoebe to the Board right away.

I'd like to thank the Chapters for their thoughtful work in convening a process 
and carrying out their voting process.  I would also like to thank all of the 
candidates who stepped forward for with their nominations.  

I'm looking forward to an incredible year ahead. We have an ambitious plan for 
the Foundation and the projects over the next year, and we have a tremendous 
group to tackle a busy year ahead.


Ting Chen
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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