Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer/History/id
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Since June 2006, the position of chief executive officer or executive director at the Wikimedia Foundation has been held by five people.
Current Chief Executive Officer (January 2022 –)
On 14 September 2021, the Foundation announced the hiring of Maryana Iskander as Chief Executive Officer, effective 3 January 2022:
Former Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors
June 2006 – January 2007
On 12 June 2006, the Wikimedia Foundation announced the hiring of Brad Patrick as interim Executive Director and General Counsel, the latter position on a permanent basis (official press release).
In his position as interim Executive Director, he was tasked with helping find a permanent Executive Director and work to prepare things so that the organization is ready for that person to take over.
For more information, see Brad's personal FAQ.
He resigned as Executive Director in January 2007 and as General Counsel in March 2007 :
- "Foundation organizational changes enacted" (5 February 2007), en-Wikipedia Signpost
- "Patrick and Wool resign in office shakeup" (26 March 2007), en-Wikipedia Signpost
January 2007 – December 2007
From April to June 2007, the Foundation searched for an Executive Director (see "Job openings" at that time). In July, the Foundation announced the hiring of Sue Gardner as Consultant and Special Advisor.
In October 2007, the Board of Trustees created the Executive Director Subcommittee tasked with finding, monitoring and reporting on, and (if necessary) firing an Executive Director. The membership consisted of trustees Jan-Bart de Vreede (Jan-Bart), Kat Walsh (Mindspillage), and Florence Nibart-Devouard (Anthere).
- "Report board meeting in Florida 6-7 of october" (Foundation-l, 11 October 2007)
December 2007 – April 2014
The Foundation announced in December 2007 that it concluded its search for an Executive Director and the hiring of Sue Gardner:
In early 2013, Sue announced that she intended to step down after an appropriate successor was found. An Executive Director Transition Team started operating:
May 2014 – March 2016
The Foundation announced in May 2014 the hiring of Lila Tretikov as its new Executive Director:
- Announcement of hire of Lila Tretikov, by Board Chair Jan-Bard de Vreede, Wikimedia-L email list
- Blog post
Job listing for new ED:
On 25 February 2016, Lila announced that she had resigned, effective 31 March 2016. A transition process was initiated:
March 2016 – April 2021
On 10 March 2016, the Foundation announced the appointment of Katherine Maher as interim Executive Director, effective 14 March 2016:
On 24 June 2016, the Foundation announced the conclusion of its search and the appointment of Katherine as Executive Director, effective 23 June 2016:
On 30 January 2019, the Board of Trustees changed the role's title from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.
On 4 February 2021, Katherine announced that she intended to step down effective 15 April 2021. A Chief Executive Officer Transition Team started operating: