Monday, October 8, 2018

Unicode Board of Directors Election Results

OrrissCoadyThe Unicode Consortium announces the election of four Directors for three year terms beginning January 2019: Bob Jung, Iris Orriss, Alolita Sharma, and Greg Welch. A fifth candidate, Michele Coady, was elected for a one year term.

Michel Coady and Iris Orriss join the Consortium Board of Directors for the first time. Bob Jung, Alolita Sharma, and Greg Welch have been re-elected to continue their service as Directors.

Michele Coady is a Director of Global Readiness at Microsoft, responsible for the Microsoft Global Readiness policy, which includes driving geopolitical, globalization and internationalization compliance, risk management and awareness company-wide. She has been providing geopolitical support and guidance for the Microsoft Unicode emoji work for several years.

Iris Orriss serves as Director of Internationalization at Facebook. She has been with Facebook since January 2013 and is passionate about eliminating the internet language and cultural barriers. Her work focuses on growing Facebook in international markets. In addition, Iris is member of the board at Translators without Borders, a nonprofit organization that provides vital information in the right language at the right time. Prior to Facebook, Iris was a director at Microsoft working on product internationalization and development process in the enterprise and language technology divisions. She is a native of Germany, speaks four languages, and was educated at Freie Universität Berlin.

The Unicode Consortium would like to thank Dachuan Zhang who will step down in 2019 after four years as a member of the Board of Directors.

For the listing of current directors and officers of the Consortium please see Unicode Directors, Officers and Staff.