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

Theo10011 de10011 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 19:21:22 UTC 2012

On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM, 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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I'm sad to see Jay go. He was great at so many things. I'd wish him nothing
but the best on his next endeavor.

Good luck and Bon voyage, Jay!


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