Joomla , one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems, has today announced the election of Sarah Watz as the President of Open Source Matters (OSM).
More than 3 percent of the web runs on Joomla, with the platform being used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets.
Open Source Matters is a non-profit, providing organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project.
Members of Open Source Matters elected Sarah Watz as the new president on April 8, 2014. Further elected members who join Watz on the OSM board include Victor Drover as treasurer and Marijke Stuivenberg as secretary.
Sarah Watz is the first-ever internationally based president of OSM, and had some comments to make upon the news:
“Joomla’s success hinges on its large network of global contributors, who have enabled the CMS to grow to power more than 3 percent of the Web. Although Joomla has witnessed unprecedented growth recently, there are even bigger things to come largely driven by its massive international community and availability in 64 languages—the most of any content management system.”
Watz has been implementing Joomla professionally since it launched in 2005 as CEO and owner of Pixpro Stockholm AB, a Stockholm-based digital communications agency. Among many Joomla leadership positions, Watz has been an OSM board member since 2012 and was president of the Joomla User Association Sweden for four years.
In her new role, Watz will leverage her years of leadership within Joomla to further expand the project—specifically its international footing.
Outgoing OSM President Paul Orwig also commented on Watz’s appointment:
“As I exit my current role as president, I am humbled by how far the platform has come driven by our global community of more than a half million contributors. The past two years I have witnessed some amazing milestones with Joomla, like the CMS surpassing 50 million downloads and the launch of numerous Joomla products. I have full confidence Sarah will build on these accomplishments and take Joomla to another level.”