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Introducing FSFE's new president, vice president and executive team

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During its General Assembly in Miraflores de la Sierra, Spain, the members of FSFE elected new coordinators for several of the organisation's activities, including strategy, legal and executive coordination.

"The new team will continue FSFE's highly successful work with the same long-term vision. We will work hard to justify the trust which the Free Software community is putting into FSFE", says the new president, Karsten Gerloff.

He continues: "Georg Greve and his team have done splendid work over the past eight years, building FSFE out of nothing into an organisation that is highly respected and trusted as an expert group on Free Software, and as a reliable partner in policy making and negotiations."

The newly elected Vice President Fernanda Weiden comments: "FSFE has strong roots in the community. The people in this organisation have a deep understanding not only of technology itself, but also of its social and political aspects. Together, we can continue to develop cutting-edge thinking on how we as a society handle knowledge, and how we can best make the most of technology."

Christian Holz, appointed Executive Director, says: "Coming from a business background and having worked with Free Software since the early nineties, I am excited to become more involved in FSFE. The team is highly motivated, and we have wonderful volunteers who support our actions and cause."

Adriaan de Groot, FSFE's designated Freedom Task Force Coordinator: "As Free Software has become mainstream, education and advice on its legal aspects are getting more important every day. With the FTF, we will continue to protect the interests of Free Software projects and we stand ready to assist the community wherever our help may be required."

Matthias Kirschner, newly hired to coordinate the Fellowship and the German team, comments: "The Fellowship is key to building awareness for Free Software in our society. It has become a magnet for smart, dedicated people who care about Free Software, and an important pillar for FSFE's financial stability. We will support FSFE's Fellows and help them to make an impact wherever they are."

FSFE's founder and former president Georg Greve will remain in the organisation as a volunteer. He expresses his full support for the new team. "There is no doubt in my mind that these extraordinary people are a dream team to ensure both continuity and change towards a better, larger, and more successful FSFE. The past months of work to prepare the ground with and for them have been a pleasure, and I look forward to all the many achievements for software freedom this team is going to bring about."

More information on the new team:

A personal blog entry by Georg Greve:

The new team is available for comments:

About the Free Software Foundation Europe:

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and involved in many global activities. Access to software determines participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study, modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.

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