In May, I posted a job for a VP of Community because we decided that adding that role appropriately reflected the importance we place on community and the Community Team’s role as a voice for our global community.
We conducted an in-depth search and had a number of extremely qualified candidates, both internally and externally. In the end, I am pleased to announce that we selected one of our own - Philippe Beaudette, whom we introduced to you in March. Philippe brings a wealth of experience - he was working at AOL on community building 25 years ago, and since then has served several top tier websites, including:
Wikimedia Foundation, which supports Wikipedia, where he spent seven years in a progression of roles, including as Director of Legal and Community Advocacy,
Reddit (as Director of Community),
Fandom (Sr. Director of Community Support & Engagement)
Atlassian (Head of Online Community)
Philippe has been working with Cesar on our newly formed Trust and Safety team, so we envision a very short on-ramp for him as he knows our CM Team and programs. Philippe begins his new role immediately, reporting to me. I will retain my current role as Chief Product, Technology, and Community Officer, though the daily operational responsibility for the community work that we do is now vested in Philippe.
Philippe is particularly excited about his new role with us because he sees Stack Overflow, and the whole Stack Exchange Network, as sharing the same “corner of the Internet” as Reddit and Wikipedia. In fact, he told me early on that he’s tracked this community for years, and is excited to deepen his involvement with it. He’s a firm believer in the work that we do here, and he’s excited about the opportunities before us.
New Community Managers
In addition to Philippe, we are adding two new community managers to the team, starting next Monday. They will both be on Rosie’s community operations team, so you’ll likely have contact with them fairly soon!
We continue to invest in and grow the Community Team, and as we do, we’ll share the plans with you here. As always, thank you for your ongoing work on the sites - you are appreciated!