NewsWikipedia Hires Open Source Evangelist as CTO

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The Wikimedia Foundation has hired open source veteran Danese Cooper as chief technology officer.

“Danese has the perfect mix of open source commitment and managerial experience, and her background as an evangelist is particularly important to the Wikimedia Foundation,” said Sue Gardner, executive director at Wikimedia Foundation.

Cooper’s last job was at tech start-up REvolution Computing where she developed the company’s open source strategy. From 2005 until 2009, Cooper was Intel’s Senior Director of Open Source Strategies, and she was Sun’s Chief Open Source Evangelist from 1999 to 2005.

She’s also a Board member at the Open Source Initiative, a member of the Apache Software Foundation and serves on a Special Advisory Board for Mozilla.

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