Board Members

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

Larry Augustin
Larry Augustin -- Individual Member Representative

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, the world's largest Open Source software development community. Also at VA, he acquired, merging,, 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


Mark Charlebois
Mark Charlebois, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI)

Mark Charlebois is a Director of Open Source Software Strategy at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm, Inc. He has been developing software for Unix, Linux and embedded systems for more than 20 years. Charlebois joined Qualcomm in 1999, and has worked in R&D, GlobalStar, MediaFLO, QuIC, and most recently in R&D again on robotics. Charlebois is an Open Source strategist and evangelist for Qualcomm and serves on the boards of the Linux Foundaton and the Dronecode Project. Prior to Qualcomm, Charlebois worked at LMI in greater Vancouver, designing laser scanners. He also worked for CGI in Toronto as a real-time systems consultant using various Unix systems. Charlebois holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a master’s degree in Engineering Science from Simon Fraser University.


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.


Wim Coekaerts
Wim Coekaerts, Oracle

Wim Coekaerts is Vice President of Linux Engineering for Oracle, reporting to Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven. He is responsible for managing Oracle's Unbreakable Linux strategy with a dedicated focus on ensuring large enterprises can adopt Linux quickly. Mr. Coekaerts has spent more than 7 years building a large-scale development and support organization and has fostered comprehensive customer and partner relationships, which helps drive the company's evolution of Linux. Additionally, his group develops and makes on-going contributions to the Linux community, including the first Cluster File System to be accepted into the Linux mainline kernel in 2006.


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

Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud Computing and Open Source for Hewlett-Packard Company. 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, Individual Member Representative

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.


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.


Grant Likely
Grant Likely, Technical Advisory Board Member

Grant Likely is a Linux kernel developer and maintainer of the Device Tree subsystem. Grant's first involvement with Linux development was back in 2004 while working on an embedded system. Linux didn't support his platform, so after he got Linux to boot, he posted his changes publicly and got them merged into mainline. Since then, he has been actively involved in improving the state of embedded Linux and has worked with many different embedded systems. Currently, Grant chairs the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board and is a Fellow at Linaro.


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.


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.


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 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.