Manage a team that a) supports a large and distributed deployment of OpenStack at AT&T and b) actively contributes code
As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on to AT&T’s Common Cloud platform. Toby served as CTO for USi, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006. Previously, Mr. Ford held positions at Cornell University, ARINC, TeleCommunication Systems, and his own company in the Netherlands. Toby is also a member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.
I've been a board member of the OpenStack Foundation since it's inception and have been the architect of AT&T's use of OpenStack within our internal cloud environments. Biggest contribution to date is supporting a rich set of OpenStack oriented vendors in our work at AT&T.
I have been on the board of the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club. This experience was helpful in understanding the basics of being on a board. My experience being on the OpenStack board has been far more educational though.
In my view, the Board's role is to help continue the growth of OpenStack, promote it broadly, provide help and mentorship to the leadership of the Foundation, to ensure the financial, legal and product strategy aspects are well cared for, and to support the TC and the community as much as is possible.
I believe the top priority of the Board in 2015 is to ensure OpenStack is able to scale to the next level.. especially in terms of overall strategy and getting the PTLs help.
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