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Lila Tretikov

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Lila Tretikov English: /ˈlaɪ̯lə ˈtrɛtɪkɔf/, born Olga Lyalya Tretyakova Russian: Ольга Ляля Третьяко́ва; January 25, 1978 in Moscow is a Russian–American engineer and manager, who was executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation from 2014 to 2016 Born in Moscow, she emigrated to the United States as a teenager and in 1999 began working as a software engineer in California, where she co-authored several software patents and also founded a technology marketing company A specialist in enterprise software, she was chief information officer and vice president of engineering at SugarCRM Inc before succeeding Sue Gardner at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2014 On February 25, 2016, Tretikov tendered her resignation, effective March 31, as a result of the WMF's handling of the Knowledge Engine project


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Early life and education

Tretikov is of Russian and Swedish heritage Her father is a mathematician and her mother was a filmmaker After moving to New York City at age 15, she learned English while waitressing and attended the University of California, Berkeley, but left before completing her degree Her majors were computer science and art, and she researched machine learning

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In 1999, Tretikov started her professional career at Sun Microsystems, as an engineer at the Sun-Netscape Alliance, where she worked on the Java server She then founded GrokDigital, a technology marketing company, and was later appointed chief information officer and vice president of engineering at SugarCRM Inc

In 2012, she was a Stevie Awards bronze winner in the category for Female Executive of the Year‍—‌Business Services‍—‌11 to 2,500 Employees‍—‌Computer Hardware & Software She has co-authored several patents in intelligent data mapping and dynamic language applications

Tretikov was appointed executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation in May 2014 in succession to Sue Gardner, and took up the post on June 1, 2014 She had edited Wikipedia only once before her appointment

Tretikov is also on the boards of OpenEd and Rackspace and is an advisor to the board of Zamurai Corporation

Tretikov resigned from the Wikimedia Foundation, as a result of the WMF's controversial Knowledge Engine project and disagreements with the staff, with her last day being March 31, 2016 succeeded by Katherine Maher in June 2016 On March 16, 2016, it was announced that Tretikov had been invited by the World Economic Forum to join its "Young Global Leaders" community


  1. ^ Note: "Lyalya" is a Russian-language diminutive from the first name "Olga"
  2. ^ Wikimedia Monthly Metrics and Analytics Meeting, May 2014
  3. ^ "CrunchBase" CrunchBase Retrieved 2014-05-10 
  4. ^ Wikimedia is headed by an American of Russian origin RIA Novosti
  5. ^ a b "Thank you for our time together" Lila Tretikov 25 February 2016 
  6. ^ a b Hern, Alex February 26, 2016 "Head of Wikimedia resigns over search engine plans" The Guardian 
  7. ^ a b "Online-Enzyklopädie: Chefin der Wikipedia-Stiftung tritt zurück" Spiegel Online February 26, 2016 
  8. ^ "Women band together, make inroads into tech" by Jon Swartz, USA Today, 27 November 2012
  9. ^ "Wikipedia 15: Lightning Talk Session" YouTube 2016-01-16 Retrieved 2016-03-30 
  10. ^ a b Seligman, Katherine May 9, 2014 "The Woman To Run Wikipedia: Russian-born Former Cal Student Seen as "White Unicorn"" California Magazine Retrieved August 21, 2014 
  11. ^ Executive Profile: Lila Tretikov Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014 Retrieved 1 May 2014 Archived here
  12. ^ "Stevie Awards For Women in Business: 2012 Stevie Award Winners" stevieawardscom Fairfax, VA: Stevie Awards, Inc Retrieved 2014-05-01 
  13. ^ a b Kiss, Jemima; Gibbs, Samuel "Wikipedia boss Lila Tretikov: 'Glasnost taught me much about freedom of information'" The Guardian Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  14. ^ "Patent Search" United States Patent and Trademark Office Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  15. ^ Elder, Jeff "Wikipedia's New Chief: From Soviet Union to World's Sixth-Largest Site" Wall Street Journal Retrieved 2 May 2014 
  16. ^ Cohen, Noam "Open-Source Software Specialist Selected as Executive Director of Wikipedia" New York Times Retrieved 2 May 2014 
  17. ^ Seligman, Katherine 2014-05-13 "The Woman To Run Wikipedia: Russian-born Former Cal Student Seen as 'White Unicorn'" California Magazine UC Berkeley Retrieved 2014-10-12 
  18. ^ Hart, Michael August 25, 2014 "Wikimedia Foundation Director Named to OpenEd Board" THE Journal 
  19. ^ "Rackspace Appoints Lila Tretikov to Board of Directors" Digital Journal September 22, 2014 
  20. ^ "Meet the Young, Tech-Savvy, Civic-Minded Innovators Driving The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Press releases | World Economic Forum" Weforumorg Retrieved 2016-03-30 

External links

  • Lila Tretikov talking about Sugar CRM
  • User:LilaTretikov, user profile on Meta-Wiki
  • Lila Tretikov Discusses NSA Lawsuit, Future of Wikipedia
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