The Drupal Association held its first election for two at-large board members. Donna Benjamin and Steve Purkiss were elected by Drupal community members and then ratified by the Drupal Association Board.

Drupal Leadership

Angela Byron, Drupal 7 co-maintainer and Drupal Association Board Member, announced the winning candidates in a comment on the Drupal board voting page. The official Drupal Association announcement says:

The two new board members were elected by members of the Drupal Community and then ratified today by the Drupal Association board. They join the current eight Board of Directors of the non-profit Drupal Association in helping to establish policy, hire and manage an executive director, review and approve the budget and financial reports, and participate in fundraising."

Drupal Board

Benjamin is from Australia and Purkiss is from the United Kingdom. The winning candidates were chosen out of ten nominees from around the world. The Board of Directors will meet for the first time next month at DrupalCon in Denver.

Last month, Acquia announced the appointment of two new members to its board. Thomas Bogan is the Chair of Citrix’s board, and Paul Sallaberry is a venture capitalist and has held senior positions at Open Vision, Oracle and Veritas. (Drupal founder Dries Buytaert serves on both the Drupal and Acquia boards.)

Drupal Growth

In July 2011, Acquia, which provides Drupal support and services, landed US$ 15 million in funding to grow and accelerate its international expansion. This was the fourth fundraising effort for the young, rapidly growing company, which was founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert.

DrupalCon, which will be held from March 20-22 at the Colorado Convention Center, is a three-day community event that is expected to draw more than 3,000 Drupal developers, designers, users, project managers and enthusiasts. The theme for the upcoming Drupal event is Collaboration for Every Device.