We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization which operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, has announced the appointment of Lila Tretikov as its new Executive Director.

Lila is a well-respected leader in open source technology and brings an ideal mix of engineering and product development expertise and management experience to the Foundation, as well as a reputation for being collaborative, passionate and curious.

The Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation is responsible for setting strategy and managing day-to-day operations. It’s a central position in a complex global volunteer-driven movement, which is building the largest collection of shared knowledge in human history, used by over a half-billion people around the world.

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