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Announcing our New Technology Team Structure

Laure Haak's picture

ORCID has gone through a huge staffing transformation this year, with new people, new roles, new teams, and promotions.. Our most recent change is the departure of Rob Peters as our Technology Director.  I am very thankful to Rob for his leadership and support during our start-up phase.  I will miss him, his uncompromising style, and zaniness -- including a sock puppet extravaganza at our recent all-hands staff meeting.  

I mean, where do you go from there!?

Fortunately, ORCID enjoys change.  It is in our blood. We are prepared for it. Here is our new technology leadership team:

Will Simpson, Technology Director.  Formerly second-in-command on our technology team, Will has been with ORCID longer than any other staffer, joining us as a member of the pre-launch consulting team in 2011.  He has been a key steward of the ORCID technology stack for seven years, and in his new role will be taking on responsibility for our technology strategy and the scalability of our technical infrastructure.


Liz Krznarich, Technology Lead.  Liz is continuing her role as a front-end developer, as well as taking on new responsibilities leading our software development process, managing tech team goals and initiatives, and ensuring high-performance operations of the ORCID Registry and other key systems. Liz runs marathons in sub-zero weather, so is well-practiced for her new role.


Tom Demeranville, Product Director. This position expands Tom’s previous role as Technology Advocate. He is now in charge of working with the entire ORCID team - and our community - to establish and develop our product roadmap.  He will ensure that our technology is responsive to our community and aligned with our mission. His work on ORBIT, and the European Commission funded ODIN, THOR, and FREYA projects demonstrate his fit for this role.  

Please join me in congratulating Will, Liz, and Tom -- I look forward to working with them as we continue to drive the ORCID mission forward.  It is long, hard work - and with them it will also be a lot of fun.

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