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World Wide Web Consortium CEO Jeffrey Jaffe

Jeffrey Jaffe is incoming CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium.

Credit: World Wide Web Consortium

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the Cambridge, MA-based World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the standards underlying the global network, has a new co-captain. It's Jeffrey Jaffe, a technology industry veteran who served most recently as chief technology officer and executive vice president of products at Novell.

The W3C announced Jaffe's appointment as CEO of the consortium Monday (March 8). While Berners-Lee remains as director of the nonprofit organization, the CEO's job is to lead it. Together with the director and staff, the role of W3C's CEO is to "develop the vision that leads the Web to its full potential [and] communicate that vision to the world and engage relevant stakeholders," as well as to lead "strategic planning and change management" and oversee worldwide operations, including financial, legal, and cultural aspects.

In other words, Jaffe will manage most of the day-to-day details of running the consortium—a job formerly handled by Steve Bratt, who stepped down as CEO last year to head theWorld Wide Web Foundation.

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