Damon Sicore
“Damon Sicore Headshot” by Stephanie Hall Sicore (sicore.com), under CC-BY-2.0

We are happy to announce that Damon Sicore officially joins the Wikimedia Foundation today in the newly created role of Vice President of Engineering, reporting to the Executive Director.

Damon’s work in the new VPE role will be crucial to further developing and maintaining the technology that supports the very core of the Wikimedia movement, and ensuring the development, scale, and stability of the MediaWiki architecture.

Damon is well prepared to fill this important new position. He has the skills necessary to drive platform growth and shares our values of community participation, open source and transparency. He brings years of experience as VPE in high tech and open source companies. He spent six years at the Mozilla Corporation, where he grew a small team of 27 people to a team of more than 600 open source software engineers, technical leads, managers, and directors in developing Mozilla Firefox, the Mozilla open source platform, Firefox for Android, and Firefox OS. Most recently Damon served as VP of Engineering at Edmodo, Inc., an educational content network, and was responsible for all web, platform, and mobile engineering, security, IT operations, support, and QA efforts.

Damon joins us as part of planned growth of the Wikimedia Foundation’s product and engineering teams, first announced in November 2012. As we have grown, we have seen a need to split our technical department into separate product and engineering departments, in line with the Foundation’s increased focus on industry best practices like performance engineering, continuous delivery, A/B testing, software re-architecture, UI/UX work, and user research. Erik Moeller, who has filled the role of Vice President of both Product and Engineering since 2011, has led in the creation of this new role and was essential to the search process.

Erik will continue as Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation and take on the role of VP of Product and Strategy.

In the meantime, you’ll be able to meet Damon, and ask him questions, this Thursday at our monthly Metrics Meeting. Please join us!

Lila Tretikov
Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation