World Wide Web Consortium seeking next CEO

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Published: — 21 April 2023 — The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is working with leading international executive search firm Perrett Laver to find qualified candidates from around the world to be our CEO.

A unique organization

W3C began 2023 by forming a new public-interest incorporated not-for-profit organization. We are now seeking our next leader at this exciting time in our evolution.

The new organization preserves the core process and mission of the Web Consortium to shepherd the Web, by developing open web standards as a single global organization with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community. The new W3C entity preserves our member-driven approach and existing worldwide outreach and cooperation.  

Searching for a new leader

W3C is a unique organization at a crucial transition point in its existence. Reporting to the newly formed Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for the success of W3C in line with our mission. The CEO must be an experienced and collaborative leader who appreciates the strong assets of W3C —its expert staff, engaged members, committed Board and fantastic reputation— and has the capacity to effectively leverage these to transform the organization and ensure a bright future and further impact.

The next CEO of W3C will be a strategic, collaborative, and motivating leader. They will have a global mindset and the ability to effectively engage with a diverse range of stakeholders. They will be a person of integrity who is forward thinking and supportive of staff. Most importantly, they will have an affinity for, and understanding of, the work, mission, and values of W3C.

W3C invites applications from qualified CEO candidates from across several continents. Please refer to the W3C CEO vacancy on the Perrett Laver site. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 12th, 2023.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible, and interoperable for everyone around the globe. W3C well-known standards HTML and CSS are the foundational technologies upon which websites are built. W3C works on ensuring that all foundational Web technologies meet the needs of civil society, in areas such as accessibility, internationalization, security, and privacy. W3C also provides the standards that undergird the infrastructure for modern businesses leveraging the Web, in areas such as entertainment, communications, digital publishing, and financial services. That work is created in the open, provided for free and under the groundbreaking W3C Patent Policy.

W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 400 Member organizations and dozens of industry sectors. W3C is a public-interest non-profit organization incorporated in the United States of America, led by a Board of Directors and employing a global staff across the globe. For more information see

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