[Foundation-l] Announcing Erik Moeller as Wikimedia Deputy Director

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 06:14:06 UTC 2007

Let me congratulate Erik with the new role that he will play for the
Wikimedia Foundation. I know first hand how dedicated Erik has always been
to the Wikimedia Foundation and I am sure he will give his all to make his
new position a success. Erik is well placed for this role knowing the
Wikimedia Foundation intimately and being well known by and integrated with
the many organisations and communities / people that make up the Free / Open
software/content world.

I want to thank him for the work he has done for Stichting Open Progress. We
have had interesting times and we are happy and proud of what was achieved.

Thank you,
    Gerard Meijssen
    voorzitter Stichting Open Progress

On Dec 18, 2007 6:29 AM, Sue Gardner <sgardner at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I am delighted to announce Erik Moeller as Deputy Director of the
> Wikimedia Foundation. Erik will take up his new responsibilities in our San
> Francisco headquarters beginning January 10, and will report directly to me.
>  As part of this transition, and as you know already from Florence's
> announcement yesterday, Erik has resigned from his role as Board member.
> Erik is well-known in the Wikimedia community. A twice-elected board
> member, he has been active in the projects since 2001. Through his six years
> of volunteer participation, he has made thousands of edits and uploads,
> contributed to the MediaWiki software, helped launch Wikinews and Commons,
> and supported the organization in numerous other ways. He is also the author
> of "Die heimliche Medienrevolution," one of the first books to include an
> in-depth analysis of wiki collaboration.
> Most recently, Erik has been Chief Technology Officer of Stichting Open
> Progress, where he managed a decentralized team of developers in the
> implementation of OmegaWiki, a collaborative ontology database. He also
> provides hosting for several wiki communities, including WikiEducator.org,
> and has project-managed other wiki software development projects such as the
> LiquidThreads discussion system.
> Our chief technical officer, Brion Vibber, will report to Erik. In
> addition, I will be delegating specific projects to him, and he will act on
> my behalf when I am traveling or otherwise unavailable. He will also play an
> important role in orienting the new San Francisco staff, and helping them to
> understand the processes, history and values of the Wikimedia projects.
> Since I joined the Foundation in June, I have been impressed with Erik's
> commitment, hard work and evangelism on behalf of Wikimedia.  I know he will
> now be able to make an even greater contribution to what we do, and I'm very
> pleased he's agreed to join the staff in the new office.
> Please join me in welcoming Erik to the staff of the foundation.
> Sue Gardner
> Executive Director,
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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