Debian Project elects Stefano Zacchiroli as next Project Leader

April 16th, 2010

In accordance with its constitution the Debian Project has elected Stefano Zacchiroli as Debian project leader for the 2010/2011 term. Stefano has been a Debian Developer since March 2001 and is a long-term contributor to several core services such as Debian's Package Tracking System and its Quality Assurance Team. Upon his election win he said: I can't be more proud of being a member of the Debian project. The number of developers which took part in our democratic election process – as candidates, voters, and campaigning participants – makes me really happy. I'm also a bit scared now, rest assured that I'll do my best to be up to the expectations of all Debian contributors.

The outgoing project leader, Steve McIntyre, was first elected in 2008. After serving for two years, Steve chose not to run for a third term. Steve congratulates Stefano: I've had a great time working for Debian as DPL and I'm more than happy to be handing over the reigns to Stefano. He has excellent ideas and should do a good job for us. The Debian project would like to thank Steve for his great work and constant commitment to the project.

The candidates for this year's election were Stefano Zacchiroli, Wouter Verhelst, Charles Plessy and Margarita Manterola. After a six week election period the Debian project chose Stefano Zacchiroli to be its next project leader. Debian uses the Condorcet voting method for project leader elections. The detailed election results can be found at the voting page.

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