Board Members

The Linux Foundation board of directors currently consists of 16 directors, as specified by the Bylaws.

Larry Augustin
Larry Augustin -- At-Large Director

Larry Augustin is an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology companies. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of compiere, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho, SugarCRM, and XenSource. Previously he was a Director of JBoss (acquired by Red Hat Software) and Linux International (LI). One of the group who coined the term "Open Source", he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide. Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000. Previously he served as interim CEO of Medsphere. From September 2002 to December 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners where he helped lead Azure's investments in Zend and Medsphere. In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX), where he served as CEO until August 2002 and led the company through an IPO in December 1999. At VA Linux, he launched SourceForge.net, the world's largest Open Source software development community. Also at VA, he acquired Andover.net, merging SourceForge.net, Linux.com, Slashdot, and other well-known Open Source Internet sites to form the Open Source Development Network (OSDN).

Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Larry can be found online at http://lmaugustin.com.

 

Alan Clark
Alan Clark, SUSE

As a member of SUSE Linux Senior Staff, Alan focuses on Linux, industry initiatives and emerging standards. To facilitate the awareness and adoption of open source and open standards, Alan chairs the openSUSE project and participates in several Industry forum steering committees, technical committees and work groups and other open source projects.

With over 20 years of experience as a Software Engineer, a principal portion of Alan's career has been devoted to the research and development of operating systems and distributed multi-platform server services. His experience is with file systems, Directory Services, LDAP Services, Object Databases, Security, Developer Interfaces, Web Services, Network Protocols and more.

 

Yoshiya Eto
Yoshiya Eto, Fujitsu

Yoshiya Eto is a director at Fujitsu and has been involved in operating systems at Fujitsu including development and development management of Fujitsu proprietary operating systems and Linux. For over ten years he has been leading Linux community engineers in Fujitsu and working with Linux community. This team is one of the biggest contributors to the Linux kernel and is continuously contributing patches to improve feature and stability of Linux for enterprise usage. In addition, Eto is also leading core engineering team for enterprise customer support through collaboration with distributor and community. This team has been providing highly reliable customer support to mission critical customers.

 

Eileen Evans
Eileen Evans, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud Computing and Open Source for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In her role, Eileen leads and manages legal support for cloud computing and open source at HP. Eileen also leads open source legal strategy and open source program management for HP. In her role, Eileen is representing HP on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors and is actively participating in other cloud-related open source communities.

Prior to joining HP in 2010, Eileen was a Director and Associate General Counsel at Sun Microsystems (and then Oracle Corporation following its acquisition of Sun) for nearly 12 years. At Sun, Eileen led and managed legal support for various hardware and software business units. Eileen also served as a lead Open Source Legal Strategist for Sun, where she led, managed and supported numerous open source projects, including Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice and NetBeans. In addition to her open source experience at Sun and HP, Eileen has spoken on various intellectual property and open source topics at conferences in the United States and in Europe and with the European Commission and Members of the European Union Parliament.

 

Frank Fanzilli
Frank Fanzilli

Frank Fanzilli is a seasoned software veteran and advisory to early and late stage software companies. Previously, he held the post of Global Chief Information Officer and Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) where he grew the technology business into a $2 billion division with operations in all major financial centers.

In addition to his board seat at The Linux Foundation, Frank today serves on the board of InterWoven Inc., a Sunnyvale, California based content-management software provider, where he is also chairman of the Strategy Committee and was formerly Chairman of the Board; CommVault Inc., a fast-growing software company in the data backup space which launched a successful IPO in 2006.

Frank also serves on the boards of Calypso, a privately held financial derivatives software developer located in San Francisco; IT Structures, an early stage company in the virtualization of software testing; and Correlix, an early stage company which develops software to improve the performance of trading systems. Formerly, Frank was a founder of nLayers, Inc., a privately held software company which was acquired by EMC in 2006, and was a director of PeopleSoft (sold to Oracle) and Avaya (sold to Silverlake/TPG). In addition, he is an advisor to several venture capital firms on the west coast. Frank holds an M.B.A in Finance from New York University and a B.S. in Management from Fairfield University.

 

Doug Fisher
Doug Fisher, Intel

Douglas W. Fisher is corporate vice president and general manager of the Software Group for Intel Corporation. Fisher is responsible for worldwide software and software R&D at Intel, with the goal to enhance computing and connectivity for Intel® Architecture across the software ecosystem, delivering value end to end from the device edge through to the data center. 

With resources spanning more than 20 countries, partnerships with over 6,000 independent software vendors and a robust developer program covering more than 10M software, entrepreneurial, enthusiast and hobbyist developers, Intel Software fuels worldwide innovation to help developers use the latest computing and communications technologies.

Fisher is currently chairman of the board of the Linux Foundation and is a member of the internal board for Wind River Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation.

Previously Fisher served as corporate vice president and general manager of the System Software Division, and prior to that, was the director of worldwide engineering for Intel Online Services where, based in Europe, he established the International Engineering organization.

Prior to joining Intel, Fisher worked at Hewlett-Packard for 10 years where he began his career as a software developer.

Fisher holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and a master's degree in management from Stanford University.

 

Bdale Garbee

Bdale Garbee, At-Large Director

Bdale Garbee first contributed to Free Software in 1979, has a long history of involvement in the Debian distribution, and is Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux at HP. In 2008, Bdale received a "Lutèce d'Or" as FLOSS personality of the year from FniLL. He holds a "level 3" high power rocketry certification, the highest in the rocketry hobby, but his primary hobby still seems to be turning all of his other hobbies in to open source projects.

 

Hisashi Hashimoto

Hisashi Hashimoto, Hitachi

Hisashi Hashimoto has been working on the development and management of commercial operating systems based on UNIX since he joined Hitachi. His responsibilities encompass both workstations and mainframes. He also has extensive experience managing collaborative development with other UNIX vendors. He now works with the Open Source Software Technology Center and is responsible for the collaboration with other vendors and the OSS community, including the work with the Open Source Software Promotion Forum in Japan.

 

Peixin Hou

Peixin Hou, Huawei

Peixin is currently serving as the Chief Architect on Open Software and System in the Central Software Institute, Huawei. Peixin has been working in the software industry for over 20 years and has sufficient experience on operating system, mobile software, media processing and cloud computing. Peixin started his open source journey back to year 2000 and now he is an active strategist and evangelist in this field. He is helping and involving in defining various key strategies on open source for the company and is leading Huawei’s FOSS development in areas such as Linux, containers and so on. He is also serving as a board member or a steering committee member in several open source projects such as Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII). He was representing Huawei to seat in the board of Linaro in last terms as well. Peixin received his Ph.D degree from University of Surrey, UK in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2000.

  

Matt Jones

Matt Jones, Jaguar Land Rover

Matt is actively working with Linux and the open source community; especially within the Automotive Grade Linux, Tizen Project (IVIO branch) and GENIVI. At Jaguar Land Rover he was responsible for the specification and role out of the latest generation of Linux based Infotainment system. With a large team in the UK, and a completely new team and facility in Portland, OR that is dedicated to Open Software for Automotive; as well as close links to the automotive infotainment ecosystem; he wishes to increase the visibility and suitability on Linux to Automotive at this critical time. 

Young Yoon Kim
Young Yoon Kim, Samsung Electronics

Young Yoon Kim is currently Vice President in SW R&D Center, Samsung Electronics and has led many software development projects in Samsung products over 20 years. Before joining in SW R&D Center, he was a founder and president of Samsung R&D Institute Ukraine where he had developed the state of the art software technologies to be used for Samsung products from 2007 to 2013. Regarding Linux engagement, he had many experiences such as Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF and now CEWG in Linux Foundation), uCLinux for DVC product which was a year of CELF Linux Product in 2005, Linux-based DTV/STB for data broadcasting, Linux-based Internet Refrigerator and IPTV in 2007. In addition, he has many experiences on the international standardizations such as DVD MtFuji Forum in 1996, DVD Forum WG3 (file system) in 2000, BD Forum TEG5 WG (file system) and OSTA UDF WG (file system). Especially, he was a chairman of OSTA MPV CE WG (Metadata) from 2003 to 2005. He graduated with B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yonsei University.

 

David Marr
David Marr, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Dave Marr is Vice President, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Technologies, where he currently leads the open source practice and policy team. He has been practicing in the open source legal field since 1998, delivering strategic advice to organizations and providing guidance on community licensing practices. Dave writes and speaks regularly on FOSS-related issues, their interaction with standard-setting, technology transfer best practices, licensing business models, and other subjects at theintersection of law and high technology.

Prior to Qualcomm Technologies, Dave previously worked at Sun Microsystems (at various times supporting Java, OpenSPARC, and Solaris) and Juniper Networks.

 

Chris Mason
Chris Mason, Facebook

Chris Mason is a longtime contributor to the Linux Kernel, and maintainer of the Btrfs filesystem.  He is currently a Software Engineer on Facebook's kernel team and the chair of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Facebook, Chris has worked as a kernel developer at SUSE, Oracle, and Fusion-io.  He lives with his family in Rochester NY.

 

Tsugikazu Shibata

Tsugikazu Shibata, NEC

Tsugikazu Shibata is the Senior Manager of NEC and has an extensive background in the development and management of proprietary operating systems, including work with mainframes and super computers. He currently belongs to the Open Source Software Promotion Center of NEC; there he works collaborately with vendors and the open source community. Mr. Shibata has also occupied a senior role in the Linux Foundation's Japan Linux Symposium.

 

Hiromi Wada

Hiromi Wada, Panasonic

Hiromi Wada is a co-director of AV&ICT Development Center, AVC Networks Company of Panasonic. She has been involved in development and management of various products based on Linux for more than 20 years, for example, workstations, mobile devices and automotive systems, And as a senior councilor of open source software system, she has been promoting collaboration with open source community in Panasonic. Recently she has been focusing IoT and Automotive field.

 

David Ward
David Ward, Engineering and Chief Architect

David Ward is CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco where he is responsible for leading research and development of new Cisco technologies. Recognized in the industry for his expertise in routing, systems software and network design, he was also one of the chief architects of Cisco's IOS-XR software.

 

Jim Wasko
Jim Wasko, IBM

Jim Wasko, Vice President - IBM Open Systems Development, is responsible for the IBM Linux development team across all IBM systems and storage, as well as a variety of other open source and non-open source software development efforts in IBM.

Jim’s Linux involvement began in 2000 leading the team that provided enterprise-level Linux support; a major transition for IBM at that time. He transitioned various leadership roles in Linux Operating System development in the Linux Technology Center (LTC) from 2003-2007. With Linux being the foundation for cloud computing, he spent the next three years as the Program Director for Cloud Computing development in IBM's Systems and Technology Group, helping create IBM's public and private cloud offerings. Jim returned in 2010 to lead the LTC as Director.  In 2012, the LTC mission was expanded to include OpenStack upstream open source development. In 2014, Jim took on additional responsibilities for z Systems and converged Power systems and was promoted to the position of Vice President, Open Systems Development.

 

Jim Wright
Jim Wright, Chief Architect for Open Source Policy, Strategy, Compliance & Alliances, Oracle

Jim Wright was a software engineer and development manager in the silicon valley throughout the 1990s, working as a consultant with a wide variety of well known hardware & software companies including Adobe, Logitech, 3Com, and Lotus Development, and eventually rising to the level of Director of Developer Relations and General Manager of Java Product Development at InstallShield before heading back to law school at Harvard Law.


After the bar, Jim worked in private legal practice at Sidley Austin handling patent licensing and disputes, research collaborations and joint ventures, IT sales and procurement for both government and private entities, mergers and acquisitions, and software licensing among other things. Jim joined Oracle as a senior member of the strategic initiatives legal team in 2008, and after several years in that role, was promoted to Oracle's Chief Architect for Open Source Policy, Strategy, Compliance & Alliances. He continues to serve in that capacity and as Oracle's Open Source Ombudsman today, reviewing and approving all third party software and hardware in Oracle products on behalf of the Corporate Architecture team, assisting with source code and security policies, setting open source strategy for Oracle's own open source offerings, and helping to manage Oracle's relationships with open source communities worldwide.

 

Jim Zemlin
Jim Zemlin
Executive Director

Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate innovation in technology through the use of open source and Linux.

At the Linux Foundation, Zemlin works with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry.

Zemlin has been recognized for his insights on the changing economics of the technology industry. His writing has appeared in Businessweek, Wired, and other top technology journals and he is a regular keynote speaker at industry events. Zemlin advises a variety of startups, including Splashtop and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union.  Learn more about Zemlin’s insights in his blog.


Chris Mason
Technical Advisory Board Member

Chris Mason is a Linux Kernel developer and maintains the Btrfs filesystem.