Today, we’re pleased to announce that José M. Alonso has been named as interim CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation. Currently our Digital Citizenship Programme Director, Jose takes over from Anne Jellema, who – as we shared last year – is moving on from the Foundation after five years at the helm. A search process for a permanent CEO is underway, and will be concluded shortly.
Alonso is a Web Foundation veteran, having been with the organisation since its inception in 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation, José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web standards setting organisation, where he worked closely with our Founder, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He was key in establishing and leading the W3C eGovernment Activity, as well as its country office in Spain. He has served on United Nations and European Commission expert panels, is a Lead Steward of the International Open Data Charter, and became the first civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group. Previously, he also served as a member of the Nominating Committee at ICANN, the organisation dedicated to preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet. Outside of work, he is an avid landscape photographer, and music aficionado.