[Foundation-l] Welcome to our three new board members

James Hare messedrocker at gmail.com
Fri Dec 8 11:47:40 UTC 2006

Welcome, Kat, Oscars, and Jan-Bart!

May you be effective trustees and benefit the Wikimedia Foundation.

On 12/8/06, florencedevouard <anthere at anthere.org> wrote:
> Dear Community,
> A few days ago, I wrote you a "short" email to give you feedback on the
> last board meeting, which occured in Florida. Reference:
> http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2006-December/011869.html
> As I promised, we welcome today 2 new board members, whom most of you
> already know, Mindspillage and Oscar (also known irl as Kat Walsh (us
> citizen, lady), Oscar van Dillen (dutch citizen, gentleman). Welcome to you
> both.
> Tim Shell has chosen to resign from the board, effective 15th of december.
> At this date, he will be replaced by Jan-Bart de Vreede.
> I would like first to give a special thank you to Tim Shell, whom I did
> not know at all 2 years ago, and whom I learned to appreciate. Tim has seen
> the birth of Wikipedia, be part of the first 4 years of life of the
> Foundation, and I hope he will keep an oldbie eye on it. Thank you Tim, and
> prosit (tchin, santé etc...).
> Let me introduce you Jan-Bart. We wanted to choose a more external guy,
> who could have another view on
> our whole organisation. You may consider him external, since he hardly has
> any edits  :-) , was not member of any of the internal cabal mailing
> lists... so, it is our first attempt to introduce the "outside" in here.
> At the same time, he is not a stranger. Many of us already met him, he was
> at the two wikimania. And several of us have been talking with him quite a
> bit in the past. Most recently, he got involved in the ED search committee
> (so, was unofficially already acting as an advisory board member). His name
> came as an evidence to us.
> He is a young man of 36 (which is still younger than I). Married, two
> kids. Dutch (which means we have two dutch guys on the board...). He studied
> Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management (which may
> definitly be an asset in our organisation). He works for Kennisnet
> Foundation, THE dutch organisation for ICT use in Education.
> Jan-Bart put a short bio about him on meta:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jan-Bart
> So... I hope it is all good news for everyone. I am really glad we make
> that step. Welcome Kat, Oscar and Jan-Bart. And thank you Tim.
> Ref: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Board_expansion
> Ant
> aka Florence Devouard
> ChairChick of Wikimedia Foundation
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