Linux Foundation Leadership
- Jim Zemlin, Executive Director
- Amanda McPherson, Chief Marketing Officer, VP of Developer Programs
- Mike Woster, Chief Revenue Officer
- Steve Westmoreland, Chief Information Officer
- Laura Kempke, VP of Collaborative Projects Operations and Marketing
- Russell Farnell, VP of Finance and Human Resources
- Angela Brown, Sr. Director of Events
- Jennifer Cloer, Sr. Director of Communications & Community
- Philip DesAutels, Sr. Director of IoT
- Dan Cauchy, General Manager, Automotive
- Mike Dolan, Sr. Director of Strategic Programs
- Clyde Seepersad, General Manager, Training and Certification
- Karen Copenhaver, Legal Counsel
- Andy Updegrove, Legal Counsel
- Dan Kohn, Senior Strategist
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.
Amanda McPherson is a founding management team member of the Linux Foundation. She is responsible for content, web strategy, events, public relations and developer programs, including work with the Linux kernel community. Highlights of her work with the Linux Foundation include: defining the initial brand and positioning of the organization, creating the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, LinuxCon and CloudOpen conferences, and authoring multiple content pieces, including the "Who Writes the Linux Kernel" white paper. She has been involved in open source for the past eight years. Most recently, Amanda was director of marketing for the Free Standards Group, the certification and standardization authority for Linux. Prior to that she was director of marketing for Covalent Technologies, the leading provider of Apache Web server software. Previously, she served at two of the industry's largest public relations and marketing agencies -- Cunningham Communication and Burson-Marsteller -- where her work was recognized by an industry award from the Public Relations Society of America. She was a core member of the marketing team responsible for the launch of the Java programming language in 1995. A published fiction author, Amanda graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Read Amanda's weblog.
Mike Woster is the head of worldwide business development for the Linux Foundation expanding industry and corporate end user participation in the Linux platform and community. Woster most recently served as global account executive at Intel. Prior to that, he held a variety of roles in product marketing, customer marketing, and channels sales in the US and Europe. Both on the job and in his free time as a long time Linux user and advocate, Woster has helped major corporations, schools and small business migrate from proprietary operating systems to Linux. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. In his spare time, he serves as a director on a non-profit financial endowment board.
Westmoreland will oversee IT operations for The Linux Foundation and its Collaborative Projects. He brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions developing and deploying information technologies for companies such as VA Linux Systems, Vicor/FIS, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, among others. He has worked extensively with startups and major corporations to effectively utilize open source technologies in high performance, high capacity and ultra-secure environments and has devoted much of his career to the ongoing development of effective leadership and teamwork in technical organizations. He received his B.S in computer science from Louisiana Tech University. Westmoreland is based in Portland, Ore.
Laura Kempke manages operations and marketing for the Linux Foundation's Collaborative Projects. She began working with open source companies in 2001 to help them create and execute communications strategies that integrate public relations, social media, analyst relations and content marketing. Before joining the Linux Foundation, Laura was a senior vice president with MSLGROUP, the communications firm within Publicis Groupe and a top five public relations agency, working with technology and life sciences companies. In addition to client work, she led the implementation of the agency's content marketing services for Boston clients, from business development to staff training on service delivery. Prior to MSLGROUP, Laura was with Schwartz Communications, one of the largest PR firms working with entrepreneurial technology companies. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in government from Georgetown University.
Farnell is responsible for overseeing finance, human resources and operations at The Linux Foundation. He comes to the organization with more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience working at a number of organizations in the marketing industry. Most recently, he worked at the digital marketing agency, AKQA, where he ran US finance and operations. During his tenure, the company grew 20 percent year on year over a 10-year stretch to become one of the most awarded and respected agencies in the industry. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Angela Brown manages The Linux Foundation's global conferences with responsibilities including market research, attendee and sponsorship acquisition and event marketing and production. She has been producing and marketing events of all types and sizes for over fifteen years, primarily in the IT sector. She started her career with Red Herring (fka Dasar, Inc.) in 1994, quickly taking over responsibility for the planning of their global IT conferences and C-level summits. Before coming to The Linux Foundation in 2007, she also produced conferences and events at the Sheraton LA Harbor Hotel, the Pan Pacific San Francisco and with OpenDoor Events.
Jennifer Cloer is responsible for managing public relations and storytelling for The Linux Foundation. She was previously vice president at Page One PR where she ran The Linux Foundation account since 2005. She has garnered hundreds of millions of impressions over the last decade that advance the Linux and collaborative development storyline and in recent years managed the launches of the OpenDaylight Project, AllSeen Alliance and Dronecode Project, among others. Prior to joining Linux Foundation, she managed the launches of the nonprofit Software Freedom Law Center and the Open Solutions Alliance and headed public relations programs for Creative Commons and Google, among others. Prior to joining Page One PR, she was at The Metropolitan Group where she worked on media relations programs for sustainably responsible businesses in Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Jennifer also spent four years as a PR manager in corporate communications at Tektronix where she led PR for the mobile test business lines and won a Corporate Excellence Award for her role in launching a new product category for the company. She has also been recognized by BusinessInsider as one the best PR professionals in the tech industry. A former legislative aide, she holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon.
Building on 25 years of industry experience managing the interface of technology and society, Philip is a rare mix a technologist who understands how to enable business value and an entrepreneur who understands how to leverage the transformative power of technology. Philip comes to the Linux Foundation with wide-ranging experience inside and outside the technology industry. As CTO of LogMeIn’s Internet of Things Platform, Philip was responsible for all aspects for strategy, technology and the launch of the Xively product. Philip spent nearly ten years at Microsoft driving .Net evangelism and adoption. Philip was a co-founder of Ereo, a cloud-based image analysis and search service. He was Chief Scientist at Excite@Home. Philip served on the research team of the W3C, where he worked on security, trust and privacy issues. Philip actively applies his skills a technologist with numerous socially focused organizations across the globe. Philip lives in Waltham, MA with his wife Michele, who he met while they both served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Uzbekistan. He holds a PhD in Industrial Marketing investigating the interplay of technology and society from LTU in Sweden, BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from RPI and is a graduate of the North Bennet Street school's preservation carpentry program. He is a consummate tinkerer and an apple farmer.
Michael Dolan is Sr. Director of Strategic Programs responsible for Collaborative Projects and legal programs. The Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects aim to spread the collaborative DNA of Linux to other projects in order to accelerate innovation and build ecosystems. Mr. Dolan has launched the AllSeen Alliance, OpenDaylight Project (ODL), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), Xen Project, Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), OpenBEL and Dronecode. Mr. Dolan is also involved in OpenChain, SPDX and legal programs such as The Linux Foundation’s annual Legal Summit and Open Compliance Summit. Prior to joining The Linux Foundation, Mr. Dolan spent 8 years at IBM in roles responsible for IBM’s Linux and Open Source strategy across systems, software and services. Mr. Dolan also managed IBM’s competitor intelligence and strategy teams for systems, services and software. Mr. Dolan received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 2004, a JD from Cleveland State University in 2002 and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1999 from John Carroll University. Mr. Dolan is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Clyde is responsible for the training and certification arms of the Linux Foundation. The goal of the team is to provide high quality training and skills development to the Linux community. Over the past decade Clyde has held senior leadership positions in the Education space, most recently as head of Operations at 360training.com and before that as a senior executive of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global leader in education.
Prior to his involvement in education, Clyde was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, a global strategic consultancy known for its cutting edge thinking and value creation for clients. He started his career in the public sector, working within the Ministry of Finance in Trinidad and Tobago . He holds an MBA and a Masters in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Dan Cauchy is the General Manager of Automotive at Linux Foundation. He is responsible for the overall management and execution of the Automotive Grade Linux collaborative project, an industry effort to build an open source automotive reference platform backed by leading car manufacturers around the world.
Dan has over 22 years of experience spanning the automotive, telecom, networking and mobile business verticals. Prior to his current position, Dan was the Vice President and General Manager of MontaVista’s Automotive Business Unit (acquired by Mentor), responsible for P&L and worldwide execution of MontaVista’s automotive software strategy, sales, marketing, products and services. During this period, Dan served on the Board of Directors of the GENIVI Alliance and was responsible for the creation of the GENIVI Compliance Program, a group that he chaired for its first three years, which led to the release of the GENIVI Specification, a widely adopted standard in the automotive industry. While at MontaVista, Dan previously held the position of VP of Marketing and BD where he was responsible for the development and execution of MontaVista’s global marketing strategy, which led to an acquisition by Cavium.
Based in Silicon Valley, Dan has extensive startup experience. He was the Director of Product Management at Atrica (acquired by Nokia-Siemens Networks), a carrier Ethernet equipment provider startup. Prior to Atrica, Dan was the Director of Architecture and Strategy at BlueLeaf Networks, a tunable laser optical networking startup (now Picarro). He also previously held senior management positions and engineering leadership positions at Cisco Systems, Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel) and Nortel.
Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with a Computer Engineering major) from the University of Ottawa. He holds three patents in the areas of routing and networking with several others pending.
Karen Copenhaver is a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP ‘s Business & Technology practice focusing on technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property with a specific emphasis on open source business models. Most recently, Copenhaver was executive vice president and general counsel at Black Duck Software, Inc.
Andy Updegrove is a partner and founder of Gesmer Updegrove LLP, a Boston-based technology law firm, and has represented and helped structure more than 80 worldwide standard setting, open source, promotional and advocacy consortia over the past 20 years. He has also represented hundreds of both emerging as well as established technology companies, and is the founder and editor of both the popular website http://www.consortiuminfo.org and the widely-read Standards Blog
Dan previously worked as a general partner at Skymoon Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm in Palo Alto. He was the CEO of Pedestal Networks, an innovative DSL equipment company that was later acquired by UT Starcom. He also founded Habeas, an email accreditation and reputation company that helps legitimate mailers ensure delivery, and continues to serve on their board. Dan previously helped manage several telecoms firms controlled by Craig McCaw, including XO Communications, Nextel, ICO, and Teledesic. He started his career as founder and CEO of NetMarket, which set up the first music CD store, built the first commercial database-backed website, and conducted the first secure commercial transaction on the web in 1994. Dan received a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science from the Honors program of Swarthmore College, and studied at Exeter and the London School of Economics.
Noriaki Fukuyasu is the Director of Japan Operations for The Linux Foundation. Prior to joining The Linux Foundation, he lead the international business for a Japanese leading linux distributor, Turbolinux, Inc, as Director of International Business. He also served as the CEO of Zend Japan. He has a MA degree in International Relations from Nagoya University, and a BS from Lambuth University.
Linus Torvalds created the Linux kernel and oversaw open source development of the widely-used Linux operating system.
Torvalds was born on December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. Torvalds enrolled at the University of Helsinki in 1988, graduating with a master's degree in computer science. His M.Sc. thesis was titled Linux: A Portable Operating System.
An avid computer programmer, Linus authored many gaming applications in his early years. After purchasing a personal computer with an Intel 386 CPU, he began using Minix, an Unix-inspired operating system created by Andrew Tanenbaum for use as a teaching tool. Torvalds started work on a new kernel, later to be named "Linux", in the fall of 1991 and after forming a team of volunteers to work on this new kernel, released V1.0 in the spring of 1994.
In 1996, Torvalds accepted an invitation to visit the California headquarters of Transmeta, a start-up company in the first stages of designing an energy saving central processing unit (CPU). Torvalds then accepted a position at Transmeta and moved to California with his family. Along with his work for Transmeta, Torvalds continued to oversee kernel development for Linux.
In 2003, Torvalds left Transmeta to focus exclusively on the Linux kernel, backed by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a consortium formed by high-tech companies, which included IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, AMD, RedHat, Novell and many others. The purpose of the consortium was to promote Linux development. OSDL merged with The Free Standards Group in January 2007 to become The Linux Foundation. Torvalds remains the ultimate authority on what new code is incorporated into the standard Linux kernel.
Kroah-Hartman is among a distinguished group of software developers that maintain Linux at the kernel level. In his role as Linux Foundation Fellow, KroahHartman will continue his work as the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of subsystems while working in a fully neutral environment. He will also work more closely with Linux Foundation members, workgroups, Labs projects (http://www.linuxfoundation.org/labs), and staff on key initiatives to advance Linux.
Kroah-Hartman created and maintains the Linux Driver Project. He is also currently the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of different subsystems that include USB, staging, driver core, tty, and sysfs, among others. Most recently, he was a Fellow at SUSE. Kroah-Hartman is an adviser to Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab, a member of The Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board, has delivered a variety of keynote addresses at developer and industry events, and has authored two books covering Linux device drivers and Linux kernel development
Till Kamppeter holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics and works with printing under Linux and Unix already since mid 2000 when he got invited to work as a developer at MandrakeSoft (now Mandriva) in Paris. There he did the packaging of the printing-related software for the distribution and since 2001 he was the leader of the linuxprinting.org project. He was also participating in the work of the OpenPrinting workgroup. Mid 2006 he got invited to work for the Free Standards Group (now The Linux Foundation) merging linuxprinting.org into OpenPrinting and leading the OpenPrinting project full-time.
During all the time from mid 2000 to now Kamppeter has given several printing-related talks and tutorials on conferences, organized booths on Linux shows, and wrote articles in magazines about Linux. From 2006 on he is organizing an annual three-day OpenPrinting Summit, currently together with the annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. With OpenPrinting he leads the development of new printing architectures and technologies and printing infrastructure and interface standards for Linux and Unix-style operating systems. For this he is in contact with the leading printer manufacturers, all relevant free software projects, and the distribution vendors.
Richard is a developer and maintainer of the OpenEmbedded software project, and architect and maintainer of the Yocto Project and Poky Build System. Most recently he was an Embedded Linux Architect for Intel's Open Source Technology Center. From 2005 to 2008, he was a Software Engineer at OpenedHand, where he worked with a variety of other open source projects such as Clutter, X server, Zaurus and Oprofile. He has also made numerous contributions to the Linux kernel, including as maintainer of the backlight and LED subsystems. Purdie received his MSci in Physics from University of Durham in 2003.
Janina is the Executive Chair of the Accessibility workgroup.