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’s Technical Advisory Board. Prior to joining Facebook, Chris worked as a kernel developer at SUSE, Oracle, and Fusion-io. He lives with his family in Rochester, New York.Facebook
Chris Rice is Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs. He is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of Domain 2.0, the software-centric AT&T network. This transformation uses software-defined networking and network function virtualization to make AT&T’s network faster, simpler, and more scalable.
Prior to this role, Chris was the Vice President of AT&T Labs, leading the research and advanced development for the software-centric network. He and his team made advancements in networking and IP network management; network virtualization; big data; speech and multimedia technologies; information systems and visualization; algorithms and optimization; and scalable, reliable software systems.
Chris has been with AT&T for over 20 years. He has contributed expertise and focus on wireless and broadband communication systems, as well as satellite and broadband data communication systems. He also led development efforts for a digital radio-based, pico-cellular base station, which provided in-building, mobile voice communication on standard cellular phones.
Chris holds more than 70 patents. In 2005, he received the AT&T Distinguished Scientist Award.AT&T
David Marr is Vice President, Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Technologies, where he 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 the intersection of law and high technology.
Prior to Qualcomm Technologies, Dave worked at Sun Microsystems, at various times supporting Java, OpenSPARC, and Solaris, as well as at Juniper Networks.Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
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.Cisco
Dirk Hohndel is VMware’s Chief Open Source Officer. He leads the company’s Open Source Program Office, directing the efforts and strategy around use of and contribution to open source projects and driving common values and processes across the company for VMware’s interaction with the open source communities.
Before joining VMware, Dirk spent almost 15 years as Intel’s Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist. Before that, among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and Unix Architect of Deutsche Bank.
Dirk has been an active developer and contributor in Linux and open source since the early 1990s. He was one of the early Linux kernel developers and has contributed to several dozen open source projects over the years.VMware
Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Micro Focus, where she leads and manages a team of 60-65 senior attorneys and professionals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She also serves on the Micro Focus Government Solutions Board of Directors.
Eileen was recently recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s top 100 Women of Influence. In addition, Inside Counsel named her to its “R3-100 roundup,” a list of 100 women who will likely be ready to become General Counsel in the Fortune 500 in the near term.
In addition to her work on The Linux Foundation Board of Directors, Eileen represented HP, and then HPE, on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors from 2012 through 2017.
Prior to joining Micro Focus through its merger with HPE Software, Eileen operated and served as the Vice President and General Counsel of HPE Software, where she led and managed a team of 60-65 senior attorneys and professionals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Eileen was responsible for leading and managing all aspects of worldwide legal support for HPE Software, including legal support for Commercial Transactions, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Investigations, Compliance, and Corporate matters.
She also served as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Software, Cloud and Open Source at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In her role, Ms. Evans led and managed 75-90 senior technology attorneys and professionals responsible for providing legal support for HPE Software, HPE Cloud, and HPE’s open source activities.
Prior to joining HP/HPE in 2010, Eileen was a Director and Associate General Counsel at Sun Microsystems, and then Oracle Corporation following its acquisition of Sun.At-Large Director
Erica Brescia is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Bitnami. With over one million deployments per month, Bitnami provides the largest source of applications and development environments to the world’s leading cloud service providers, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Platform, and Oracle Cloud Platform.
Prior to co-founding Bitnami, Erica held various sales and management positions at T-Mobile, and worked as a consultant with Chekiang First Bank in Hong Kong. She holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Erica has been a dedicated builder of diverse, globally distributed technology and business teams, and has been featured as a keynote speaker at OpenStack Summit and OSCON.
To further those goals, Bitnami founded the Bitnami Bootcamp, which provides free education and training on cloud, open source, and containers, for recent college graduates and self-taught technologists living southern Spain.
As a YC Founder, Erica is also an active mentor of aspiring entrepreneurs in the technology and related industries, as well as being an angel investor in a number of early stage startups.At-Large Director
Frank Fanzilli is a seasoned software veteran and advisor 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, 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 has served on the boards of numerous technology companies. He was a founder of nLayers, Inc., a software company acquired by EMC in 2006, and a director of PeopleSoft prior to its acquisition by Oracle.
Frank holds an M.B.A in finance from New York University and a B.S. in management from Fairfield University.
Hiromi Wada is a Co-director of the AV and ICT Development Center at the AVC Networks Company of Panasonic. She has been involved in the development and management of various products based on Linux for more than 20 years, including workstations, mobile devices, and automotive systems. As a senior councilor of open source software systems, she promotes Panasonic’s collaboration with the open source community. Recently she has been focusing on the IoT and automotive fields.Panasonic
Hisao Munakata, a Senior Director at Renesas, leads the company’s upstream Linux kernel development team. He also helps champion Renesas’ work on several Linux Foundation projects that support the Linux community. These include Automotive Grade Linux, the project creating open source solutions for automotive applications; the community-led Yocto Project, which has developed an embedded Linux development environment; and the Long Term Support Initiative, which is devoted to the maintenance of a common Linux base for use in consumer electronics products.Renesas
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 currently works with the Open Source Software Technology Center at Hitachi 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.Hitachi
Hong-Seok Kim is a Vice President at Samsung Electronics. He currently leads Samsung’s efforts for Tizen developer infrastructure and environment. Before joining Samsung, he worked at Facebook and Microsoft.
He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Samsung
A futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer, Jeff Garzik is Co-founder and CEO of Bloq, a blockchain enterprise software company and a member of Hyperledger.
Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory boards of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki, and WayPaver Labs. He has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain technology at TEDx, State of Digital Money, Scaling Bitcoin, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds. Jeff was also recently appointed to the World Economic Forum Expert Network as an expert in information technology.
Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.
Involvement in the Linux kernel community led to an extended tenure at Red Hat during open source’s most formative years. In 2010, Jeff stumbled across a post describing bitcoin. Immediately recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible—decentralized digital money—he did what came naturally and developed bitcoin open source software. That gave rise to the start of micro-businesses with bitcoin at their foundation.Silver Director
Jessica Murillo is Vice President, Open Systems Development at IBM. She leads a broad set of software development teams, including the IBM Linux Technology Center, collaborative software development, virtualization, containers, cloud computing, and next generation workload solutions across IBM’s POWER and IBM Z servers. The Open Systems Development organization is a worldwide team that is distributed across Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, and the United States.IBM
Jim 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, Jim 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 mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry.
Jim has been recognized for his insights on the changing economics of the technology industry, and he is a regular keynote speaker at industry events. He 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.Executive Director
John Gossman is lead architect on Microsoft Azure, where he spearheads technical strategy and partnerships for Linux and open source technologies. He has driven strategic relationships with companies such as Red Hat, Docker, Mesosphere, Canonical, Chef, and Puppet, and serves on the Technical Oversight Board for the Open Container Initiative. John is also the co-author of the Microsoft REST API guidelines. John came to Microsoft in 2000 as part of the Visio acquisition, where he served as technical lead for web technologies.Microsoft
Kenji Kaneshige leads open source and Linux development work at Fujitsu and is the company’s representative to open source communities. He and his team have made many contributions, particularly to enterprise features such as reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS), resource management, scalability enhancements, and virtualization. Kenji’s team contributes to a variety of OSS communities, including the Linux kernel, QEMU, libvirt, Linux Test Project (LTP), OpenStack, Kubernetes, the Open Container Initiative (OCI), and more.Fujitsu
Nithya Ruff is the Senior Director for Comcast’s Open Source Strategy Practice. Most recently, she founded and managed Western Digital’s Open Source Office.
She first glimpsed the power of open source while at SGI in the 1990s and has been building bridges between hardware developers and the open source community ever since. She’s also held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire, and Eastman Kodak. At Wind River, she led a team of product managers in managing a world-class embedded Linux distribution and was a key member of the Yocto Project advocacy team on the board.
Nithya has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in open source for many years. She has also been a promoter of valuing diverse ways of contributing to open source, such as in marketing, legal, and community. She is co-leader of the Women of OpenStack (WOO) group and a liaison into the OpenStack Foundation. Her work has also included partnering with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) on a Male Allies Workshop and panel, as well as being a mentor at OpenStack. She is also a sponsor of the Women in Open Source (WIOS) Lunch at The Linux Foundation and an active leader of WIOS advocating for reducing barriers for women and under-represented minorities.At-Large Director
Peixin Hou is currently serving as the Chief Architect of Open Software and Systems in the Central Software Institute, Huawei. He has been working in the software industry for over 20 years and has experience in operating systems, mobile software, media processing, and cloud computing.
Peixin started his open source journey in 2000 and is now an active strategist and evangelist in the field. He is involved in defining various key strategies on open source for Huawei and leads the company’s FOSS development in areas such as Linux and containers. He also serves as a board or steering committee member in several open source projects, such as Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Core Infrastructure Initiative. Peixin has also represented Huawei on the board of Linaro.
Peixin received his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey, UK in electronic and electrical engineering.Huawei
Sarah Novotny leads the Open Source Strategy group for Google Cloud Platform. She has long been an Open Source community champion in communities such as Kubernetes, NGINX and MySQL and ran large scale technology infrastructures before web-scale had a name. In 2001, she co-founded Blue Gecko, which was sold to DatAvail in 2012. She has curated teams, been a leader in customer communities focused on high availability web application and platform delivery and is a program chair emeritus for O’Reilly Media’s OSCON.Google
Tsugikazu Shibata is a Senior Manager at 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 collaboratively with vendors and the open source community. He has also occupied a senior role in the Linux Foundation’s Japan Linux Symposium.NEC
Wim Coekaerts is Sr. Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering for Oracle, reporting to Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven. He is responsible for managing Oracle’s Linux strategy with a dedicated focus on ensuring large enterprises can adopt Linux quickly and Linux in the Cloud. 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.Oracle