Catherine Stihler leaves Open Knowledge Foundation with best wishes for new global role

July 9, 2020


Catherine Stihler leaves Open Knowledge Foundation with best wishes for new global role

The chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, Catherine Stihler, has accepted a new global opportunity and will soon be leaving the organisation. The Open Knowledge Foundation has today thanked Ms Stihler for her work as it embarks on the process of recruiting a new CEO. Ms Stihler is to take up a new position as head of Creative Commons. She first joined the Open Knowledge Foundation in February 2019 and has overseen a new chapter for the organisation to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The foundation campaigns for a fair, free and open future with a mission to create an open world, where all non-personal information is open, free for everyone to use, build on and share; and creators and innovators are fairly recognised and rewarded. As the world works to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation will continue to grow as it takes on the challenges of a new global recession and an ongoing climate emergency.

Vanessa Barnett, Chair of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said: “On behalf of the Open Knowledge Foundation board, I’d like to thank Catherine for her work overseeing a positive new chapter for our organisation. “She leaves with our best wishes and we look forward to collaborating with her in the future through our partnerships with organisations across the world which champion openness. “The strong team at Open Knowledge Foundation will continue to campaign and help deliver programmes for an open future: our work and distinct skill sets have never been more important than they are today.”

Catherine Stihler said: “It was a huge privilege to join the incredible team at the Open Knowledge Foundation. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented people who campaign tirelessly for a more open world. “I wish the Open Knowledge Foundation every success in the future and look forward to watching the organisation continue to grow.”

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