[Foundation-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] CTO Leaving Wikimedia Foundation end of July

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 16:32:11 UTC 2011

This is a sad day.

On 2 June 2011 18:23, Danese Cooper <danese at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> It is with considerable regret that I inform you of my planned departure
> from the Wikimedia Foundation at the end of July. I’ve really enjoyed my
> time here, and I’m proud of what Wikimedia Engineering has accomplished
> together.
> While I tremendously enjoyed helping to build the engineering organization,
> at this point in the development of the organization and the role, Sue, Erik
> and I have agreed that there’s no longer a fit between the identified near
> term needs and goals of the organization, and my own interests.  I’ve
> therefore decided to leave WMF as CTO, but I remain a friend of the
> organization and the mission, and Sue, Erik and I talked about some ways to
> work together in coming months.
> To allow for an orderly transition, I will stay on as Wikimedia’s CTO
> through July. I'll be representing the Foundation and recruiting talent at
> several tech conferences, as well as engaging in transition activites within
> the Foundation. Erik will assume the title of Interim VP of Engineering and
> Product Development, and we’ll immediately start the transition of personnel
> and reporting lines.
> Erik will send a note about the transition shortly.
> Danese
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