W3C getting a new chief executive

By D.C. Denison
Globe Staff / March 8, 2010

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The World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet standards group at MIT, is expected to announce today that Jeffrey Jaffe has been named chief executive.

Jaffe was most recently executive vice president and chief technology officer at Novell Inc., of Waltham.

Jaffe will work with Tim Berners-Lee, who will remain director of the organization, also known as W3C.

The top job has been vacant since Steve Bratt left to be CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, an organization founded by Berners-Lee in 2008. It works with W3C to bring the value of the Web to more people, particularly in the developing world.

W3C is increasingly focused on developing technologies, such as HTML5 and the semantic Web, and on increasing accessibility to the Web via mobile phones and other devices.