The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has named Jeffrey Jaffe its new chief executive officer. Jaffe earned his doctorate in computer science from MIT and has served as president of Bell Labs Research and Advanced Technologies at Lucent Technologies; as vice president of technology for IBM; and most recently as executive vice president, products, and chief technology officer at Novell.
"Web technologies continue to be the vehicle for every industry to incorporate the rapid pace of change into their way of doing business," said Jaffe. "I'm excited to join W3C at this time of increased innovation, since W3C is the place where the industry comes together to set standards for the Web in an open and collaborative fashion."
As W3C CEO, Jaffe will work with Director Tim Berners-Lee, staff, membership, and the public to evolve and communicate W3C's organizational vision. The CEO is responsible for W3C's global operations, for maintaining the interests of all of the W3C's stakeholders, and for sustaining a culture of cooperation and transparency.
"Jeff has outstanding leadership and business skills to help address a wealth of arising opportunities," said Tim Berners-Lee. "Just as the web is constantly growing and changing, so is the community around it and so is the Consortium. Jeff's broad experience gives him a deep understanding of many different types of organizations, which will be invaluable in managing W3C's evolution."
The W3C is an international consortium where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth. More than 350 organizations are members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) in France, and Keio University in Japan, and has additional offices worldwide.