[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Bon voyage, Jay

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 01:37:49 UTC 2012

Does that mean we should cancel the cake and WikiDancers?

On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:56 PM, Jay Walsh <jwalsh at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi folks - I'm happy to report that there's been a beneficial turn of
> events from the original announcement a few weeks ago. Apologies for the
> delay in getting back you.
> After some reflection and conversations I've decided to change course from
> my original plans and stay on with the Foundation. I spent a lot of time
> reviewing succession plans, looking at future communications projects, and
> chatting with me team and realised that some awesome and important work was
> still ahead of me.
> You really only get one chance to work at an extraordinary place like the
> Wikimedia Foundation. We impact millions of lives every day, and the tens
> of thousands of people like you - our amazing volunteers - have high
> expectations of us. I am energized by the opportunity to protect our
> projects and move the platform forward. It's tough work, but it's
> incredible to see how it all comes together.
> I heard and read some really wonderful comments since Geoff sent out this
> notice, and I want to thank everyone for your kind words. It definitely
> helped me think about the work we've done together, and the incredible work
> that's not yet done.
> Looking forward to pressing ahead with you all.
> Jay
> On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM, Geoff Brigham <gbrigham at wikimedia.org>wrote:
>> *Next week, we’re saying goodbye to our long-term Head of Communications,
>> Jay Walsh. He will be starting shortly a new adventure working at a San
>> Francisco based start-up in corporate communications. His last day at the
>> Foundation will be Tuesday, October 23. The Foundation will be kicking off
>> a search process for a new head of communications, and in the interim we’ll
>> also be receiving communications strategy from our advisers at Minassian
>> Media, a consultancy that helped us manage communications around
>> Wikipedia’s tenth anniversary.
>> Since Jay started at the Foundation in January 2008 he’s taken a lead role
>> in shaping both the voice and identity of the Wikimedia Foundation, and has
>> played a critical function in supporting our projects. He’s been our
>> spokesperson on hundreds of media inquiries, helping to shape a positive
>> and enlightened perspective on our projects in some of the biggest media
>> outlets in the world. Jay has provided communications counsel on major
>> initiatives to almost everyone at the Foundation, and I’m sure to many of
>> you throughout our community.
>> Since starting at WMF Jay has grown the communications team, which now
>> includes roles supporting movement communications, global media outreach,
>> and merchandise. Under his leadership we created and grew a blog which now
>> sees up to 40 posts a month, a social media presence with over a million
>> followers, and content published in many localized languages. Jay helped us
>> bring the Foundation’s first four annual reports to the world, and he gave
>> us a voice and open identity for great events like Wikipedia 10.
>> We’ve been fortunate to have strong communications leadership for a period
>> of rapid growth for our projects and our movement. Please join me in
>> wishing Jay well on his next steps.  We will miss him.*
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