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Kelly Battles and Arnnon Geshuri join Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

New Trustees bring deep financial, operational, and organizational
development expertise to Wikimedia’s free knowledge mission

San Francisco -- January 5, 2016 -- Today the Wikimedia Foundation
announced two new members to its Board of Trustees
<>: Kelly Battles
and Arnnon
The new Trustees bring deep expertise in strategy and financial oversight,
and diversity and organizational development, as well as a commitment to
advancing Wikimedia’s vision of free knowledge for the world.

“We considered dozens of candidates from all over the world, with
not-for-profit and technology experience, and the highest professional
standards.” said Dariusz Jemielniak, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
Board Governance Committee and Board Trustee. “Kelly's finance and auditing
skills will be essential to the Board’s oversight and budgeting
responsibilities. Arnnon's expertise in talent development and cultural
diversity will be indispensable for the development of the Wikimedia
Foundation, and communications and transparency within the Wikimedia
movement. We look forward to partnering with them.”

A veteran financial executive, Kelly brings more than 25 years of
experience in financial management and administrative oversight for leading
technology companies and non-profit organizations. She currently serves as
Chief Financial Officer of Bracket Computing <>, a cloud
virtualization company in Mountain View, California. Her earlier roles
included Chief Financial Officer at Host Analytics, Vice President of
Finance at IronPort, and Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at
Hewlett Packard.

“As a non-profit supporting one of the most popular websites in the world,
the Wikimedia Foundation has a unique responsibility to practice
transparent, effective stewardship of donor resources,” said Kelly. “I am
excited to lend my financial and strategic experience to an organization
dedicated to making knowledge more freely available to the world.”

Arnnon brings more than 20 years of experience in developing strong
organizational cultures with diverse, passionate employees. He is currently
the VP of Human Resources  at Tesla Motors, where he shepherds Tesla’s
unique culture and oversees all global people operations, analytics, and
staffing. Before joining Tesla, Arnnon served as Senior Director of HR and
Staffing at Google, where he built the company’s talent acquisition and
diversity strategy, growing the organization to more than 20,000 people in
five years. Earlier in his career, Arnnon served as Vice President of
People Operations and Director of Global Staffing at E*TRADE Financial.

“I have always believed in the power of open, transparent knowledge.
Wikipedia represents some of the best aspects of our changing world: deeper
knowledge, collaboration, and, ultimately, understanding,” said Arnnon.
“This opportunity is a true privilege for me and I am thrilled to help
support this powerful mission.”

“Kelly and Arnnon bring a special combination of expertise, integrity, and
love for our mission. From Arnnon’s people and culture expertise to Kelly’s
strong financial management background, both members bring valuable skills
to strengthen our Board and help grow the Wikimedia movement for future
generations. Most importantly, they bring a deep commitment to making
knowledge more freely available for people around the world,” said
executive director Lila Tretikov.

Kelly and Arnnon were approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation
Board of Trustees. Both terms are effective Jan 1, 2016 and will last for
two years.

Please see the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
<> for complete

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
operates Wikipedia. Wikipedia attracts more than 15 billion page views each
month. Every month roughly 75,000 people edit Wikipedia, collectively
creating, improving, and maintaining its more than 35 million articles
across hundreds of languages -- all of which 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*

Katherine Maher

+1 415-839-6885 ext 6633
*Samantha Lien*
Communications | Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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