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Re: Chair transition: Tobie to Jo

From: SULLIVAN, BRYAN L <bs3131@att.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012 23:08:25 +0000
To: Jo Rabin <jo@linguafranca.org>
CC: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>, "public-coremob@w3.org Mobile" <public-coremob@w3.org>
Message-ID: <116B56B0-64B3-444F-AE29-BD28445AD3ED@att.com>
I would also like to say a lot of thanks to Tobie for helping to inspire and lead this group so far. We believe this will be a very positive thing for the Web and mobile experience specifically.

And also a hearty welcome to Jo in this role. Having worked with Jo in the MWBP WG I can certainly echo the comments and support the recommendation.

Thanks,
Bryan Sullivan

On Jun 6, 2012, at 5:12 PM, "Jo Rabin" <jo@linguafranca.org<mailto:jo@linguafranca.org>> wrote:

Thank you Robin for a very kind intro - and thank you also Tobie for kindling (sic) and carrying the candle thus far. I hope very much to live up to what Robin indirectly promises of me :-)

I won't take the group's time by making any self-intros - LinkedIn has some stuff about me if you're curious http://www.linkedin.com/in/jorabin and I'm very happy to provide any further intro if anyone would like me to.

Looking forward to working with everyone.

Thanks
Jo


On 6 Jun 2012, at 21:56, Robin Berjon wrote:

Dear all,

it is with mixed feelings that I have to announce to the group that Tobie Langel, who has been the driving force in setting this group up and co-chair up to now, has decided to step down for personal reasons. I for one will miss Tobie's keen insights and contagious energy, and I'm sure that I speak for the group when I say we will be missing him and that we are very thankful for his involvement to date.

The silver lining is that Facebook  Tobie's employer  has offered to sponsor Jo Rabin to take Tobie's place. Jo has deep and extensive knowledge of both the mobile ecosystem and standards groups. He comes to us with several years' experience chairing a project very similar to ours  the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group  where he has demonstrated unfailing even-handedness and an ability to cut through many a gordian knot.

In regular W3C groups, the W3C Team handles chair transitions and picking the new chairs. In CGs there is no Team and we have no specific process to pick new chairs beyond the fact that existing chairs are granted the right to nominate new ones. Given that there is no change in the company supporting the co-chair position, and given Jo's excellent track record, I personally feel that there is no practical issue with this transition and fully support it. That being said, in the spirit of ensuring that the chairs benefit from the heartfelt support of the group's participants I would like to encourage anyone who has concerns with or objections to this transition to voice them now.

Thank you very much Tobie for your work; thank you very much Jo for stepping up!

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Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
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