Brandon currently serves as VP for Alliances at GitLab where he is responsible for strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and industry groups. Prior to GitLab he built the Google Cloud ecosystem that includes technology companies as diverse as Red Hat, Docker, Cloudera, Pivotal and Tableau. He established and grew system integrators with deep cloud expertise like Cloud Technology Partners, Agosto, and CI&T, as well as sophisticated global providers like Accenture and McKinsey. He also took the lead to help top partners raise capital through both internal Google sources and external VC firms. Previously he led Google’s Midwest team focused on Google Cloud, Search, Chrome and Maps. His career began at IBM where he built expertise in engineering, sales, marketing, corporate strategy, and finally as a principal for technical consulting and cloud. In his time outside of work, Brandon can be found having fun outdoors with his wife and three children in Denver, CO. He is a fairly wicked golfer and has a true passion for global humanitarian efforts, like teaching English and mentoring small business owners in China to gain employment and serve the rural poor.Silver Director
Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source and Science Outreach for Mountain View, Ca. based Google. His teams oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. Additionally, he runs Google Making Science, an emerging scientific outreach program focused on the maker movement. For Google Ideas, he looks after Uproxy and Project Shield, two projects that try to help people living under repressive regimes.
Mr. DiBona is an internationally known and long time advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He is a visiting scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves as an advisor to a number of firms, most of which are in the open hardware and making space. As of 2015, he is serving a two year term sitting on the US Commerce Department’s Data Advisory Council.Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor and author for the venerable website Slashdot.org . Additionally, he co-edited the award-winning essay compilations “Open Sources” and “Open Sources 2.0” and writes for several publications. He was the host of Floss Weekly with Leo Laporte and made a number of appearances on TechTV’s “The Screensavers” and on the Cranky Geeks. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and the This Week in Google podcasts.
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
Dr. Daniel Park is a head of open source group in Samsung where he is responsible for open source strategy, corporate governance and compliance operation, project development and developer relationship and all kinds of open source stuffs. He has many experiences in terms of global standard and collaboration including W3C advisory board and working group chair, IETF working group chair, OCF vice president and open source work group chair, and currently his experience is being expanded to open source communities. He received his Ph.D from Kyung Hee University in Computer Engineering.Samsung
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 COO at GitHub. Prior to GitHub, she was the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Bitnami. 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.Gold Director
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.Gold Director
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
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
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
Melissa E. Evers-Hood
Melissa E. Evers-Hood is vice president in the Intel Architecture, Graphics, and Software group and general manager of the Google operating systems division at Intel Corporation. Her responsibilities span Intel’s development activities related to Google operating systems
and technologies, as well as Intel’s scale ecosystem partners, including Project Celadon. Based in Portland, Oregon, Evers-Hood leads Edge-related initiatives across Intel’s open source software development and associated communities. Outside of Intel, she is a member of the Linux Foundation board and serves as governing board chair of LF Edge, an umbrella project within the Linux Foundation.
Before assuming her current Intel role in 2019, Evers-Hood worked across the system software stack in open source communities, from device to edge to cloud. She has led development in a breadth of open source development areas, including Android, Chrome, graphics, media, OpenStack, Cloud Native Computing and StarlingX. In 2017, her contributions to Chrome OS earned her an Intel Achievement Award, the company’s highest
recognition. Since joining Intel in 2004, Evers-Hood has worked across engineering, finance and product management functions. Before joining Intel, she worked at Dell Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp.
Evers-Hood holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She also earned an MBA degree from the university’s McCombs School of Business. An active champion of diversity and inclusion, as well as a certified coach, Evers-Hood frequently coaches leaders internally and externally. She is also a frequent keynote speaker at industry events.Intel
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Practice. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Prior to this, she started and grew Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She first glimpsed the power of open source
while at SGI in the 90s and has been building bridges between companies and the open source community ever since.
She’s also held leadership positions at Wind, Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and Eastman Kodak. At Wind, 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 director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently elected to be Chair of the Linux Foundation Board. She looks forward to advancing the mission of the Linux Foundation around building sustainable ecosystems using open collaboration to accelerate technology development and industry adoption.
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. You can often find her on social media promoting dialogue on diversity and open source. She has spoken at multiple conferences such as OSSummit, OSCON, All Things Open, SCALE, Grace Hopper, OpenStack, VMWorld, OS Strategy Summit and Red Hat Summit on the business and community of open source. In recognition of her work in open source both on the
business and community side, she was named to CIO magazine’s most influential women in open source list. She was recently one of 4 people to win the 2017 O’Reilly Open Source Award for exceptional contribution to open source.
Nithya graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. You can follow her on twitter @nithyaruffChair
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 has long been an Open Source champion in communities such as Kubernetes, NGINX and MySQL. She is now part of the Microsoft Azure Office of the CTO. Novotny sits on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors, has previously led an Open Source Strategy group at Google, and ran large scale technology infrastructures before web-scale had a name.Microsoft
Tim Bird is a longtime Linux kernel developer, with over 25 years experience with the Linux kernel and open source community. He is a principal software engineer and general Open Source technologist at Sony Corporation. Over the last 2 decades he has been involved with many projects in the Linux Foundation and other trade associations to enhance Linux for use in embedded and consumer electronics products. Tim is the founder of the Embedded Linux Conference, and the elinux wiki. He recently served on the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board, and was previously the CTO of Lineo, and early embedded Linux company.Sony
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.Vice Chair