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2014 Scrum Alliance Board of Directors Election


SCRUM ALLIANCE® welcomes new board member Rafael Sabbagh!

The SCRUM ALLIANCE® Board of Directors election has closed and the results are in! Rafael Sabbagh won the member-elected seat being vacated by Steve Forte. Rafael garnered 49.89% of the total votes, while Catherine Louis and Juan Banda claimed 32.30% and 17.81%, respectively.

We would like to thank Steve Fram and Mitch Lacey, who are ending their board terms, for their leadership, service, and dedication during their time on the SCRUM ALLIANCE® board and wish them both well in the future. Steve Forte will remain on the board as he has accepted the open board-elected position vacated by Steve Fram.

Board Chairman Harvey Wheaton said, “This is an exciting time for SCRUM ALLIANCE® as we continue to grow at a rapid rate. As a board, we have committed to focus in 2015 on organizational transformation as well as the support we already provide to individuals and teams as they adopt and use Scrum. I'm excited about the opportunities in front of us and energized by the amazing support we get from our members at all levels. Together we will certainly continue to transform the world of work!”

Newly elected board member Rafael Sabbagh said, “I feel honored to have been chosen to serve as a member of the SCRUM ALLIANCE® Board of Directors. I want to thank this great community for putting their trust in me. I also want to thank the other candidates, Juan and Catherine, for participating in this election. I truly believe we can work together to create more value for SCRUM ALLIANCE® community members and I open my doors to everyone willing to cooperate. Thank you very much!”

Rafael Sabbagh is a Certified Scrum Trainer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a computer engineer with a master’s degree in business administration and has been working in the software development industry for more than 20 years. Today, he owns Knowledge21, a training and coaching company in Brazil, a leader in the market. Working on software development projects and in Agile training and coaching for the past several years gave Rafael the knowledge and experience to write and publish, last year, the first book about Scrum written in Portuguese. It is now a well-known reference in Brazil.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the SCRUM ALLIANCE® membership, I welcome Rafael into his new role and wish Mitch and Steve all the best. I also want to extend my sincerest thanks to all of this year's candidates for their desire to help guide SCRUM ALLIANCE® toward a bright future as we work together to transform the world of work in 2015 and beyond.

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
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