The Wikimedia Foundation has announced that it has roped in media veteran Raju Narisetti to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Raju joins eight other Foundation Trustees, and was approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. His term is effective October 2017 and will continue for three years.
In his new role, Raju will help the foundation to engage more digital and mobile audiences. He said in a statement that, he will, “help engage more digital and mobile audiences, particularly diverse young people, and harness their energy to benefit from—and support—the vital values that underpin all Wikimedia initiatives.”
Raju is currently CEO of Univision Communications Inc’s Gizmodo Media Group, which include media properties like Gizmodo (technology), Jalopnik (car culture), Jezebel (women’s interest), Deadspin (sports), Lifehacker (lifestyle), and Kotaku (gaming) etc. Prior to joining the Gizmodo Media Group, Raju served as Senior Vice President, Strategy, at News Corp – publisher of The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London. In that role, Raju was responsible for identifying new digital growth opportunities globally for News Corp. Before joining News Corp, Raju spent nearly 25 years as a journalist and editor. He started at The Economic Times in India before moving to The Dayton Daily News (Ohio), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and The Washington Post. Starting out as a summer intern at WSJ, he eventually became Editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe and later Managing Editor of WSJ’s digital newsrooms. At The Washington Post, he was the Managing Editor who led the Post’s rethinking of its separate digital and print newsrooms and operations. Raju is also the founder of financial daily Mint.
Besides Wikimedia Foundation, Raju is currently the Vice-chair for the Board of Directors of the International Center for Journalists, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of International Education, which administers the Fulbright Scholarship programmes. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.