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The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director is the senior staff officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the operations of the Foundation and its professional staff. The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees. The Wikimedia Foundation is currently seeking a new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, in accordance with their Chief Executive Officer transition plan, have established a Chief Executive Officer Transition Committee to recommend to the full Board of Trustees a successor to Katherine Maher, who stepped down effective 15 April 2021. The group began their work in February 2021 and is working with Viewcrest Advisors to assist the committee.

Responsibilities

Main page: Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director/Job description

The function of this position is to run the business side of the Wikimedia Foundation so as to provide resources to keep the projects going. For the most part, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director will not be involved with how the community operates on individual projects.

Community engagement

See also: Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director/Updates and Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director/Presentations

To help inform the decision making of the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, they often participate in community events, host office hours, and send updates to the communities on their activities and the activities of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Public engagement

See also: Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director/Presentations

As the primary staff representative to the broader public, the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director is often called upon to participate in, and sometimes speak at, events held by outside organizations.

History

Main page: Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director/History

The position was created in 2006 as the Wikimedia Foundation's workload expanded and required a growing staff to support the volunteer Board of Trustees.

See also