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Véronique Kessler, Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Véronique Kessler was the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation (from February 2008 to September 2011).

Véronique has 15 years of very strong managerial and financial experience working with a wide range of organizations. She joined us from the non-profit Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, where she was Director of Finance and, before that, Controller. Prior to JCCSF, she did financial consulting for clients such as Stanford University, brokerage firm Charles Schwab, and the venture capital and investment firm Berkeley International Capital Corporation. And before that, she was Controller for the Walden International Investment Group, financial reporting manager for the private investment company The Fremont Group, a senior accountant with the Wells Fargo bank, and a senior auditor with Deloitte & Touche, one of the world’s “big four” audit firms.

Véronique is a CPA (certified public accountant), with a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has a strong and varied international background including work with Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore, and she speaks fluent French.

The role of the Wikimedia Foundation’s CFOO was to oversee our financial and operational activities. In general, Veronique ensured that the Foundation operates smoothly, effectively, and in compliance with 501(c) standards and generally-accepted accounting principles.