Many thanks & good luck to Neil McGovern

Hi all,

As President I wanted to post a quick note to pass on the thanks from the Board, the Foundation staff team and membership to our outgoing Executive Director, Neil McGovern. I had the pleasure of passing on GNOME’s thanks in person at the Casa Bariachi this summer at GUADEC in Guadelajara, at the most exellent mariachi celebration of GNOME’s 25th Anniversary. Kindly they stopped the music and handed me the microphone for the whole place, although I think many of the other guests celebrating their own birthdays were less excited about Neil’s tenure as Executive Director and the Free and Open Source desktop in general.

Neil’s 6-month handover period came to an end last month and he handed over the reins to myself and @thibaultamartin on the Executive Committee, and Director of Operations @zana has stepped up to act as Chief of Staff and interface between the Board and the staff team for the time being. Our recruitment is ongoing for a new Executive Director although the search is a little behind schedule (mostly down to me!), and we’re hugely grateful to a few volunteers who have joined our search committee to help us source, screen and interview applicants.

I have really enjoyed working closely with Neil in my time on the GNOME board, and we are hugely grateful for his contributions and achievements over the past 5 years which I posted about earlier in the year. Neil is this month starting a new role as the Executive Director of Ruby Central. Our very best wishes from the GNOME community and good luck with your new role. See you soon!



Thanks Neil for your work in our community! Wishing you all the best in Ruby Central!

Don’t be a stranger! :wink:

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Many, many thanks to Neil for his stellar work as the ED, and best of luck for his new role.

I hope he’ll still be up for visiting London for our GNOME beers. :wink:


Thanks Neil! Echoing all the comments above, especially the one about the London beers!

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