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Marketing Working Group

The Marketing Working Group (MWG) was formed in January 2014, with the primary focus being to raise awareness of the Joomla Content Management System (CMS) and Framework within the international Joomla community, as well as the general open source community and wider world.


In December we announced that we were seeking nominations from the community for new members to join the Marketing Working Group. The original article can be accessed here: http://community.joomla.org/blogs/community/1786-call-for-marketing-working-group-members.html.


We are delighted to announce the leaders of the Marketing Working Group - find out about them in the biographies below.

Meet the team

Team Lead - Jess Dunbar

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Jess will coordinate and delegate the responsibilities of the Marketing working group team.


She will oversee the day-to-day functions of the Marketing Team. She will focus on motivating the marketing team and maintain a comfortable and productive team environment.


Currently Jess is the Director of Marketing at Anything Digital and Watchful.


Jess is a professional marketeer. She’s worked with major brands including Fortune 500 businesses along with major universities, hospitals, airports, and casinos to achieve strategic marketing goals.


In her free time, she can be found either on the volleyball court or softball diamond. She also enjoys watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers with her family and friends.


You can follow her tech, sports-related or internet happenings on twitter @jessicadunbar or Google+

Chiara Aliotta - Brand Manager

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Chiara will be responsible for ensuring that the Joomla! brands are communicated clearly and consistently by Joomla, our contributors and our partners.


Chiara is the founder of the creative agency, Until Sunday. She is an Italian designer with many years of experience in art direction, brand development, graphics, illustration and web design.


She has created innovative designs for brands like Vodafone, Nivea, Persol, NH Hotel, Catalano, N.6 Selection Top, Osram, and many others.


Her debut in the Joomla! world started in 2009, when she was a web and graphic designer for Nuevvo/Joomlaworks. Today she works as a freelancer for wonderful clients that love Joomla! and she speaks at different Joomla! conferences, spreading her love for typography and good design throughout the Joomla! community. She is also involved in the development of the identity and communication materials of the acclaimed JAB Conference.


When she is not busy designing creative Joomla! templates, you can find her waiting for her next flight to a sunny destination, swimming in the Aegean Sea, in the street capturing typography with her camera, or at home spending her free time snuggling with her cat, Kissa.


You can follow her @ChiaraAliotta

Parth Lawate - Strategic Marketing Manager

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Parth will collaborate on development and short and long term marketing strategies for Joomla. He will also collaborate with new Joomla development, Planning, and Market Research.


Parth is the co founder & CEO of Techjoomla & Tekdi Web Solutions where Joomla is one of the main focus areas. Techjoomla is behind several popular Joomla products & is heavily involved in Joomla based development.


Involved with Joomla since the Mambo days, Parth is an avid open source evangelist & is one of the founders of the Joomla working group in Pune & Joomla Day India. He is a regular speaker at Joomla events worldwide & loves to foster open source adoption & collaboration.


When not in the office, you will find Parth in the mountains hiking or cycling, reading a book , tinkering with electronics & computers, cooking or gardening.


You can follow Parth on twitter @parthlawate

Joe Sonne - Open Source Matters Representative

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Joe got involved with Joomla! in 2005 and in 2009 started his own marketing company. The web division of Joe’s company, JoeJoomla, uses Joomla! exclusively. JoeJoomla manages projects for clients and Joe is hands on with website strategies, site integration and design.


In the Joomla! community Joe is a well known speaker, trainer, and writer about all things Joomla. He contributes to the Joomla! community by sharing knowledge at various Joomla events.


Joe co-founded two Joomla! User Groups in Canada. He has written articles for the Joomla! Magazine and also has a popular blog about Joomla.

You can follow Joe on Twitter @JoeJoomla

Ruth Cheesley - Community Leadership Team Representative

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Ruth has always been a passionate supporter of free and open source software, and came across Joomla! in the early days when asked to design a website during her time as IT Technician at a school, and the rest, as they say, is history!


She now runs a business - Virya Technologies and Virya Software - which specialises in Open Source technologies, with the web development team focusing solely on Joomla. Her personal area of interest lies within search engine optimisation and helping websites to recover from poor SEO practices. Ruth also founded Joomla! User Group Suffolk, regularly contributes to the Joomla Community Magazine, and is on the team for Joomla!Day UK events.


Ruth joined the Community Leadership Team in March 2013 and works closely with the Joomla User Group team promoting Joomla in local communities around the world. Her interest in marketing and promoting Joomla worldwide led her to getting involved with the Marketing Working Group.


You can follow Ruth on Twitter @RCheesley and Google+ at google.com/+RuthCheesley

David Hurley - Production Leadership Team Representative

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David is a founding partner at WebSpark. A company built on making incredible business-oriented solutions. They have created the first and only true Customer Relationship Management, CRM system built specifically for Joomla. They have also created project management (JForce) and live group chat (Banter) solutions.


In addition to creating Joomla based components, under David's direction WebSpark has continued to innovate and create both cutting edge components as well as unique standalone web-based applications built on the Joomla Framework.


David is committed to open source development and serves as both the Community Development Manager for Joomla as well as a member of the Production Leadership Team. He is always looking for other ways to help and writes for the Joomla Community Magazine for developers, a member of the bug squad, the security strike team, the CMS and Framework maintainers list, and every other group he can find to join! In addition to coding and contributing to open source, David speaks extensively around the world on the topics of code, frameworks, open source, business organization, and other topics. But more importantly, he travels around the world to listen to the ideas and gain inspiration from others!