[Owasp-board] Position of Executive Director

Martin Knobloch martin.knobloch at owasp.org
Thu Dec 1 15:31:25 UTC 2016

Dear Board of directors, board-list followers,

Via an Facebook post by Tom Brennan, one of the current board members, I
came to attention of the OWASP job posting:

The description of the position is quite unusual for European standards,
and as I understood for US standards too. Also, the position is quite
extended compared to the position previously fulfilled by Paul Ritchie.
Last not least, there is not deadline mentioned for applying to this

In my understanding, as the position was previously, the major role of the
ED was as follow:
 *[Quoted from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_director
The role of the executive director is to design, develop and implement
strategic plans for the organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient
manner. The executive director is also responsible for the day-to-day
operation of the organization, which includes managing committees and staff
as well as developing business plans in collaboration with the board.
The executive director is accountable to the chairman of the board of
directors and reports to the board on a regular basis – quarterly,
semiannually, or annually. The board may offer suggestions and ideas about
how to improve the organization, but the executive director decides whether
or not, and how, to implement these ideas.

Whereby the roles as described of the OWASP job posting is extending this
with more leadership and overall strategic responsibilities.

Can you elaborate on how and why the responsibilities of the ED have been
extended in this manor?

Also, there is no comment if the future ED may be an OWASP leader or if
this would be seen as conflict of interest.

With kind regards,

Martin Knobloch
OWASP Netherland Chapter Leader
Email: martin.knobloch at owasp.org
Mobile: +31623226933
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