Also: If our Society is “on the right [technology] path,” then why fire the guy who spent the past five years getting us there?
From our Society’s intranet (via our growing staff of Society Matters reporters):
Tracie Winbigler, EVP and chief financial officer, has announced that Stavros Hilaris, chief technology officer, will leave National Geographic at the end of the month.
Tracie outlined the leadership change in a memo to NGST staff this morning: “After much discussion and review, and given the nature of the path we’ve charted going forward, Stavros and I have agreed that the time is right for him to move on. We are grateful for his service and contributions over the course of the past five years, and wish him well in his next chapter.”
The search for Stavros’ successor begins immediately; Tracie will assume the role of acting chief technology officer in the interim.
In an all-hands meeting with NGST staff Wednesday afternoon, Tracie took questions and discussed the change in more detail. She thanked the Technology group for their significant work in helping the organization accomplish its Mission 2015 goals.
Tracie also underlined that, during this change of leadership, she will do everything possible to ensure a sense of stability for the Technology group and the organization.
“It is business as usual for the Technology group. We are on the right path, and we will stay in lockstep with the business and our clients in helping them to execute their goals.”
Tracie will work closely alongside her team to deliver strategic plans and with product and business owners to provide the required support during the transition period. The Executive Technology Governance Board (ETGB), chaired by Tracie, will continue with its mandate to harmonize technology initiatives across the enterprise.