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Siko Bouterse, director of community resources
Siko Bouterse speaks on diversity and other matters in Berlin, 2013
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Several inaccuracies in this piece. For instance:

  • Siko was not a c-level exec. She was a Director. She reported to Luis, the Senior Director of Community Engagement. Which leads me to....
  • Maggie did not replace Siko. Maggie replaced Luis, on an interim basis. To my knowledge Siko's replacement has not been named. Whomever that is will presumably report to the Senior Director of Community Engagement, currently Maggie (interim).
  • For reference, the org as described on WMF wiki is not bad for this section.
  • Maggie has a work username as well... User:Mdennis (WMF), which is arguably a better one to link to here, since the other is for her personal editing.

With that said, from my perspective, Siko's departure is deeply troubling. I regard her as a close friend and a rock-star colleague, and her departure does not posit good things. Luckily, I'm confident that the Department is in good hands with Maggie at the helm. Note: Opinions are mine and mine alone, and may not reflect the opinion of my employer, Wikia Inc., or Jimmy, our Board Chair and Founder. -Philippe (talk) 05:57, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • The comments in her announcement to the WM mailing list are almost certainly going to be interpreted to mean that Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge are qualities she felt were lacking within the Foundation. That, the mass exodus of other executives, and the huge kerfuffle at the Board of Trustees are, IMO, signs that some rot appears to be setting in. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 06:10, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I've made some edits for accuracy. Full disclosure, I expressed my appreciation for the work Siko has done at the WMF in the mailing list thread following her announcement. Risker (talk) 06:10, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Risker and Philippe, thanks for the fixes. This was written late and fast, and by myself. But that's no excuse. Tony (talk) 06:42, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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