Lila Tretikov

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Lila Tretikov
Lila Tretikov 16 April 2014 (3).jpg
Tretikov, April 2014
Native name Ляля Третьякова
Born (1978-01-25) January 25, 1978 (age 37)
Moscow, USSR
Nationality Russian
Occupation Executive director of Wikimedia Foundation
recorded September 2014

Lila Tretikov, born Lyalya Tretyakova (Russian: Ляля Третьяко́ва; January 25, 1978[1]) is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. 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 also founded a technology marketing company and co-authored several software patents. A specialist in enterprise software, she was chief information officer and vice president of engineering at SugarCRM, Inc. until succeeding Sue Gardner at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Tretikov was born on January 25, 1978, in Moscow.[2][3] Her father is a mathematician and her mother was a filmmaker.[4] She moved to New York at age 16. She learned English while waitressing and attended the University of California, Berkeley, leaving before earning her degree.[5] Her majors were computer science and art, and she researched machine learning.[5]


Tretikov introduced to WMF employees, Wikimedia Foundation: Introduction by Sue Gardner 0:00–6:40, remarks by Tretikov 6:40–18:45, Q&A 18:45–36:00

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.[6]

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.[7]

She was appointed executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation in May 2014, succeeding Sue Gardner,[8][9][10][11] and took up the post on June 1, 2014. Tretikov's appointment has been controversial amongst Wikipedia volunteers, as she had edited Wikipedia only once before her appointment.[12][13] She has co-authored several patents in intelligent data mapping and dynamic language applications.[12][14] She is on the boards of OpenEd[15] and Rackspace[16] and is an advisor to the board of Zamurai Corporation.


  1. ^ Wikimedia Monthly Metrics and Analytics Meeting, May 2014
  2. ^ "CrunchBase". CrunchBase. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ Wikimedia is headed by an American of Russian origin. RIA Novosti
  4. ^ "Women band together, make inroads into tech" by Jon Swartz, USA Today, 27 November 2012.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Executive Profile: Lila Tretikov Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. Archived here.
  7. ^ "Stevie Awards For Women in Business: 2012 Stevie Award Winners". Fairfax, VA: Stevie Awards, Inc. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  8. ^ Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED Jan-Bart de Vreede, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, 1 May 2014,
  9. ^ Vreede, Jan-Bart de. "Announcing our new Executive Director: Lila Tretikov". Wikimedia blog. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Elder, Jeff. "Wikipedia's New Chief: From Soviet Union to World's Sixth-Largest Site". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Cohen, Noam. "Open-Source Software Specialist Selected as Executive Director of Wikipedia". New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Kiss, Jemima; Gibbs, Samuel. "Wikipedia boss Lila Tretikov: 'Glasnost taught me much about freedom of information'". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Patent Search". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Hart, Michael (August 25, 2014). "Wikimedia Foundation Director Named to OpenEd Board". THE Journal. 
  16. ^ "Rackspace Appoints Lila Tretikov to Board of Directors". Digital Journal. September 22, 2014. 

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