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 Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC)

Mark Charlebois is a Director of Open Source Software Strategy at Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), 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, where he initially worked on the GlobalStar satellite system. He subsequently led one of the core subsystem teams for MediaFLO, defining core parts of the system information protocol, and holds patents related to that work. He has worked for several years in various R&D organizations at Qualcomm and created the initial Penelope extension to Thunderbird that formed the basis for Open Source Eudora. While in R&D, Charlebois was an open source evangelist who helped drive the company’s open source strategy. Recently, he has moved to QuIC to take a more active role in defining its open source strategy and community engagements. 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.


Dan Frye
Dan Frye, IBM

Daniel D. Frye, Vice President - IBM Open Systems Development, is the head of IBM’s Linux development team - the IBM Linux Technology Center (LTC) - and is responsible for overseeing IBM’s Linux technical strategy and IBM’s participation in the open source Linux development community.

The mission of the LTC is to help the global open source Linux community make Linux better, to ensure Enterprise-level Linux support for IBM’s Hardware, Software, and Services brands, and to help expand the reach of Linux into new markets. LTC engineers are trusted, valued members of dozens of open source communities and contribute broadly to open source in many respects.

Prior to his current responsibilities, Dr. Frye was a member of IBM’s Emerging Technologies and Business Opportunities team where he worked on company-wide technical strategies that predicted future trends and transitions in the IT industry. It was during this time that Dr. Frye co-authored the original IBM corporate strategies for Linux and open source. Since then, Dr. Frye has been a key participant in both the IBM-wide Linux and open source core teams that have overseen the adoption of Linux and open source as key strategic initiatives for IBM.

Dr. Frye has an M.A. in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University (1982) and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Idaho (1979). He also received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Atomic Physics from The Johns Hopkins University (1985). Dr. Frye is a member of multiple Linux and open source industry groups including being a founding Board Member of The Linux Foundation.


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.


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 he works for Linaro as a Technical Architect.


Myung Jun Kim

KIM Myung-Joon, ETRI

KIM Myung-Joon received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Seoul National University and his Master of Science in computer science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Nancy I France and worked at INRIA in Lorrain France as a Ph.D. student researcher from 1981 to 1986. He joined ETRI in 1986 where he has worked on the development of computer system software technologies. He has served as Vice President of R&D Strategy and Planning Division (2008), Senior VP of Software & Contents Laboratory (2009) and VP of Creative and Challenging Research Division (2010-2011). Part of his work has included leading a Korean national project for Linux technology development (code: BOOYO, 2004 - 2008). Under his leadership of this project at ETRI, the organization joined The Linux Foundation. He has also played an important role to promote FOSS in Korea and in North East Asia as a vice chairman of Korea OSS Promotion Forum and as a Korean vice chairman of the North-East Asia OSS Promotion Forum. He served as president of Korea Institute of Information Science and Engineering (KIISE) in 2012.


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.


Brian Pawlowski, NetApp

Brian Pawlowski is Senior Vice President and former Chief Technology Officer at NetApp.  Since joining NetApp in 1994, Brian has been involved in the design of high performance, highly reliable storage systems. Brian has been working on open protocols for storage since an earlier position at Sun Microsystems, was co-author of the NFS Version 3 specification and is currently co-chair of the NFS Version 4 working group at the IETF. Brian led the design team for NetApp's first SAN product and holds several patents related to that work. Brian started the Advanced Technology Group at NetApp four years ago to conduct storage research.

Brian has been driving the Open Source strategy at Network Appliance, defining NetApp's community engagements and directing funding to open source efforts critical to NetApp's customer's success. A previous board member of the Linux Foundation, and a member since OSDL days, Brian has been directing funding for various Linux projects, most notably the Linux NFS module.  Brian is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute where he is working with other board members to increase the opportunities for women in technology.  He is chair of the Board Affairs Committee at the Anita Borg Institute.


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.