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FSFE welcomes new Vice President, Legal Coordinator


At FSFE's General Assembly which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on June 11, FSFE's members elected Henrik Sandklef as the organisation's Vice President. A computer scientist and GNU Hacker from Gothenburg, Sweden, Henrik has been active with FSFE since 2005. He takes over from Fernanda Weiden, who held the volunteer position for the past two years.

"It's great to be working side by side with Henrik. With one foot in the hacker community, the other in education, and a keen interest in software freedom, he is exactly the right person to support our work," says FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff. The General Assembly also confirmed Karsten Gerloff as FSFE's President and Reinhard Müller as Financial Officer.

FSFE's legal team has expanded with the addition of Matija Šuklje as full time Coordinator, an expansion of his previous duties as volunteer Deputy Coordinator. "This is an excellent opportunity to build on the success of FSFE's legal work and our facilitation of the European Legal Network," says Matija, "I look forward to working closely with our partners to ensure clear, useful and timely legal knowledge and support is readily available to everyone using Free Software."

Matija is replacing Shane Coughlan, who assumes the role of Senior Advisor after five years managing and supporting FSFE's legal affairs. "I'm extremely grateful to Shane for the work he has done in building up FSFE's legal department, this team and the legal network," says Karsten Gerloff.

In the German country team, FSFE co-founder Bernhard Reiter passed on the torch after helping to build up the team for a decade. He iis replaced in the post of deputy coordinator by Torsten Grote.

"Bernhard has done a tremendous job for ten years," says Matthias Kirschner, the team's coordinator. "Without his deep understanding of Free Software, his analytical mind and business sense, this team -- and FSFE as a whole -- would not be what they are today."