[Owasp-leaders] on John Willander

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Thu May 23 18:43:43 UTC 2013

I'd like to jump on this and also voice my thanks and gratitude for what
John has done for OWASP.

Volunteering for a cause is a great thing. John has passion, ideas, and the
drive to contribute these items for the greater good. He exemplified all of
these items and produced tremendous things at OWASP.  His conference work,
coordination and vision was awesome.

I know he'll continue doing great things wherever he focuses and we have
some huge shoes that are available for anyone willing to jump in.

Thanks again John!

Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM, Dinis Cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org> wrote:

> Probably by now most of think that I'm a grumpy old git that only
> criticises what is going on at OWASP, so to start moving back the dial into
> positive energy (Martin thx for the nudge), here is my tribute and respect
> to the great OWASP Leader that is John Willander.
> On the 13th of May 2013, I wrote the On John Wilander.... <http://blog.diniscruz.com/2013/05/on-john-wilander.html> blog
> post which said:
> -----------
> John asked me this today via linkedIn to write a recommendation for him:
>    *Dear Dinis, *
>    *As I wrote on the leaders list I'm no longer co-leader of OWASP
>    Sweden as of this week's chapter meeting in Stockholm. Hopefully you can
>    help to briefly summarize/recommend my OWASP work 2007 till now.
>    Thanks in advance! *
>    *-John Wilander*
> Which of course I was happy to do.
> Here is what I wrote:
>    *John is one of the few guys in the world that I would hire on the
>    spot (if I could). Not only he is an expert in his field (checkout his PHD
>    on 'using static analysis for security') he is a great Person (with capital
>    P)
>    His contributions at OWASP rank above the highest ever, specially the
>    way he organised the OWASP AppSec EU conference in Stockholm, and how we
>    was able to assembly an amazing set of participants for his 'Browser track'
>    at the the OWASP Summit in Lisbon.
>    John also is a great singer and I have really amazing memories of us
>    playing together in multiple OWASP conferences and summit.
>    Finally, but as important, John is a team player, has a great soul and
>    is somebody I would trust implicitly. This means that he is an amazing
>    asset for any team.
>    As you can see by this review, I have John in very high regard, and
>    hope that one day I will be privileged to work with him on another
>    project/initiative :)*
> Thanks John for all your great work and contributions (so far) to OWASP
> and the WebAppSec community :)
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