SOURCE: Joomla


April 10, 2014 12:17 ET

Open Source Matters Elects New President, Sarah Watz, to Guide Joomla!

Watz First Internationally Based President of OSM; to Foster Global Growth of CMS That Powers More Than 3 Percent of the Web

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2014) - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to custom apps to Intranets, today announced the election of Sarah Watz as the President of Open Source Matters (OSM). The non-profit provides organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. Watz is the first-ever internationally based president of OSM.

"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," said Watz. "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."

In her new role Watz will leverage her years of leadership within Joomla to further expand the project--specifically its international footing. 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.

Outgoing OSM President Paul Orwig 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."

OSM members elected Watz as the new president on April 8, 2014. Other elected OSM board members include Victor Drover as treasurer and Marijke Stuivenberg as secretary.

About Joomla!
Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of more than a half million active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 50 million times.

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