Having actively shaped the GEF project for the last 8 years, with new duties and responsibilities at hand, time has come for me to step back and hand over the lead to the next generation.
I would thus like to nominate Matthias Wienand as new project lead. Matthias has been an active GEF committer for the last 5 years. He is an excellent software craftsman and has done most of the hard work behind our new code base, while very actively supporting our community in adopting it. I have spoken to Matthias and he has signaled his willingness to take over the responsibility. I could not think of a better choice and would thus ask all of you to vote for him.
I would like to give Matthias a start as smooth as possible. As such, my plan would be to stay as co-lead until the Photon release has been accomplished and contributing to the succeeding rolling releases has been properly set up. If all works out, Photon, the last annual GEF release, should also be my last release.