CCP Dolan has announced the results of the CSM 8 Officers position vote in an Eve Online forum post:
I am proud to announce that after only a single round of voting the officers for the 8th Council of Stellar Management have been selected. They are as follows:
Chairman: Trebor Daehdoow
Vice Chair: Ripard Teg
Secretary: Kesper North
Vice Secretary: Ali Aras
I look forward to a great year of working with CSM8 and all of the officers.
Many people, myself included, were taken aback by the results. Noticeably missing is mynnna, ProGodLegend, and Sort Dragon—the three main representatives from the biggest coalitions in null sec at the time of the election. Only Kesper North from Gentleman's Agreement represents the big coalitions in the officers roles. This doesn't mean he will be the only one at the summit; mynnna accrued the largest number of votes, and has been guaranteed a spot. With CCP's new system of 2+5, this should leave two spots at the summit. This is because Ripard Teg took the second most votes accrued as well as the Vice Chairman position. If you would like more information on this, refer to this dev blog or our article on it by mynnna.
So now that we know the who, how about the why? CCP Dolan states it only took one round of voting, which seems to imply a certain amount of unanimity. According to the CSM, though, it seems more like apathy. Our own mynnna said "Only Trebor and Ripard wanted chair, and Ripard was willing to step aside for Trebor. Only Kesper wanted secretary, so that was that, and then Ripard was happy to take either vice, and there was one other person for each vice." Not the kind of response many of us were expecting. Whether this sets the tone for an apathetic CSM remains to be seen.
There is also the chance that this isn't apathy, but instead a willingness to cooperate. It's unlikely we'll see the kind of infighting that CSM7 began with. In a previous article, Alekseyev Karrde looked back at the triumphs and failures of CSM7, though he doesn't talk about the coup that happened early on in their term with Two Step forcibly removed from the chairman spot. Hopefully this paves the way to a more collaborative CSM that can expand upon the successes of its predecessor. A CSM that both CCP and players will look back with fondness and nostalgia.