Eric has become well known for the excellent work he's done organising the darcs project in recent years. He will be applying his talents to help us manage and promote the Parallel GHC Project. The Parallel GHC Project is not just about "getting useful stuff done" and helping the four partner organisations. We also aim to promote practical parallel Haskell tools and techniques to the wider industry.
So, welcome Eric! And if you start seeing Eric going on about parallelism then don't be surprised.