Matt Mullenweg announced that he is not going to lead WordPress 4.7 anymore, “due to some unexpected constraints on my time this year.” Helen Hou-Sandí — a WordPress Lead Developer — will take the lead for 4.7. Her last tenure as release lead was WordPress 4.0.
In a separate post, Helen also announced committers for WordPress 4.6. Joe McGill and Peter Wilson are two new guest committers. Joe is the media component maintainer and has done a bunch of work on responsive images. Helen highlights Peter’s talent at being a closer, “chasing down tricky issues across a number of areas, especially as we’re approaching the finish line.”
Also, two guest committers have received permanent commit access: Ella Van Dorpe (who rocks the editor), and Weston Ruter (who is the customizer master) have both received well-earned permanent commit status.
Changes like these are on the cathedral side of WordPress, from the Cathedral and the Bazaar mindset. As a sidenote, I just want to say I think all of these changes are good for the project, and I’m also a bit proud that every single person mentioned (aside from Matt) is a Post Status member. 😄