[Owasp-board] Organizational Change and the OWASP Staff

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Tue Apr 16 02:38:49 UTC 2013

Jim and all,

I think we're hitting the limits of email (easy to typo or get lines

As we've said consistently, the executive director role was specifically
created out of it's need for OWASP. When filling this role we first looked
internally for the right candidate. As we all know, we found one. Sarah was
the right fit. Had we not found an internal candidate we would have
conducted an external search. Either way, OWASP needed to grow with an
executive director.

Looking forward to a chat to discuss any concerns, ideas, thoughts, etc.


Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc

On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> > However, we feel it is important we inform you of our discomfort in the
> > manner in which this change was handled. We feel that the announcement of
> > the new director role on the Leaders list gave the impression that this
> > position would be open to the public for applicants
> I share in this concern. I felt that just one announcement declaring
> Sarah's promotion would have been less confusing. The initial announcement
> of the role description - and then the announcement that Sarah was promoted
> 90 hours later, looked weird and a good number of folks on social media
> were equally confused and upset. I did my best to clean up the issues on
> social media and on the leaders list.
> But I think no malice was done here. As soon as we figured out the role
> details, Michael posted it. Sarah was then made the offer, and it was not a
> given that she would take it. She did, and we announced that fact 90 hours
> later.
> So while I do feel the communication of this was, um, imperfect, this was
> a unanimous board decision that we spent a few months discussing.
> We specifically did not want to make an open announcement for different
> applicants, and we specifically wanted to promote Sarah due to her
> qualifications and past performance.
> This was a not an "We want an Executive Director, who should it be?" it
> was more like "We want to promote Sarah, whats the next role for her?"
> We are very sorry for this communication mistake, but I hope you see that
> the decision is very good for OWASP and the board did indeed make this
> decision in solidarity.
> Aloha,
> Jim
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