After 27 years, I have decided that it is time for me to move on from CodeWeavers.
Leaving CodeWeavers was a difficult decision, and raises hard questions about the future of the company. As the largest shareholder, I've always set the priorities for the company, and my passion has been to do meaningful work with people I respect. I didn't want to sell to someone that would be focused on extracting profit from our work. So I've spent the past three years researching alternate ownership structures. I finally settled on an employee ownership trust as my choice for the company's future.
As of April 12th, the the company has a new shareholder - the CodeWeavers Purpose Trust. This Trust will become the primary owner of CodeWeavers. The mission of the trust is to ensure that CodeWeavers continues to operate for the benefit of the community and of the staff. I hope that this structure will enable CodeWeavers to thrive long into the future.
At the same time, I am stepping down as CEO. I have asked James Ramey, our long time President, to take on the job of CEO. Ulrich Czekalla, our long time director of development, will replace James as President. I am confident that they will help CodeWeavers continue to thrive. I will remain as Chairman of the Board and will be around to pinch hit if needed.
This has been a truly fantastic journey for me. I am deeply honored to have worked with everyone here at CodeWeavers and with the broader Wine community. I am deeply proud of what we've been able to accomplish together, and I look forward to cheering CodeWeavers on from the sidelines.
I am particularly grateful for all of the support I and the company have received through the years. We literally could not have made this journey and accomplished so much without the many, many voices that have lifted us up through the years. And each and every person that bought a copy of CrossOver as a way of supporting our mission - it worked. We've stayed here and been able to accomplish what we have because of your support. Thank you.
As for me, I am excited for my future. I have spent so much of my life wrapped up in this venture, that I hardly know what else is possible. I plan to increase my hours as a volunteer with a variety of organizations and look for opportunities to work away from my desk. Maybe hike a mountain or two, visit some long lost cousins, or maybe get involved with a company tackling a different social ill. Of course, I've promised my wife that first I would fix the fence in our backyard...
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Your dedication, leadership, and commitment to meaningful work have been truly inspiring. I'm grateful to be a part of this incredible team and community. Cheers to the future and exciting adventures ahead! 🥂✨
You made the impossible many many times. With an obsession to your vision that eventually reached the masses with Windows gaming on Linux / Mac. Also, created a group of followers that with love maintain CrossTies and make tests. I have seen your craziness (like the lame duck free day promises and executions) since 2006 and I'll miss your passion and I hope soon hear about your new ventures.
Best wishes on wherever your path takes you next, and in the same breath, it really is saddening to hear you are departing. You and your team have done what can only be described as a thoroughly amazing job creating a thoroughly amazing piece of software. I doubt I would have ever made the jump away from Windows to Linux and Mac without Crossover. Here's hoping that Crossover will continue to amaze evedn without your direction and drive.
We've only met once so far and maybe talked for a little on different calls, yet these moments with all your positivity and humor managed to stay present in my memory to this day. Happy retirement and enjoy the time coming.
We're rebels. We're misfits. But mostly, we're software liberators. And we're very, very good at what we do. We have to be. Lots of developers work with open source, but only a tiny fraction of those are good enough to get software that was designed for one platform to work on another one. We invented CrossOver software - a unique approach to cross-platform compatibility that does not require dual-boot or another OS license. We launched PortJump to help app and game developers broaden their market beyond Windows® users. And we launched ExecMode to help organizations solve really ugly technical challenges.