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2014 Board Election: Candidate List

Candidates On The Ballot

The candidates on this list have the 10 nominations required to be on the election ballot and have completed the application.



Tim Bell

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Todd Morey Mark McLoughlin Tom Fifield Vishvananda Ishaya Syed Armani Tristan Goode David Lyle Kavit Munshi Kyle Mestery

About Tim Bell

Tim is responsible for the group at CERN which manages the infrastructure services for 11,000 physicists around the world. I previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM along with managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank in Europe.

My team is running the CERN OpenStack cloud which has been in production since July 2013 and is currently around 80,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power for the physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments which produce around 27PB a year. We had the honour of winning the inaugural superuser award (http://superuser.openstack.org/articles/and-the-superuser-award-goes-to) in Paris for contributions to OpenStack.


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Rob Hirschfeld

Nominated by: Simon Anderson Carl Perry Shamail Tahir Mike Veitch Tobias Ford Tristan Goode Carsten Duch Doug Hellmann Wences Michel Troy Toman

About Rob Hirschfeld

Serving on OpenStack Board since 2012, I've been driving the Core Definition (DefCore) Process and Product Working Group (Hidden Influencers).  I am a balanced voice between business, development and operations needs.  I am also "commercially unbiased" since I am not an employee of a major contributor, vendor or sponsor.

I have been involved in Cloud for over 15 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies.  My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems.  I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999 and had made me a DevOps advocate.  In addition to core cloud technologies, I am an Agile/Lean/TDD process evangelist who strongly believes that stability is a feature.

Professionally, I am the CEO and Founder of RackN.  A company focused on automating physical provisioning at scale through the OpenCrowbar project.  Before that, I was a Sr Distinguished Engineer at Dell leading our OpenStack Cloud project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-bj) and also a founder of the Crowbar project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-ix).  In both roles, I am in constant contact with OpenStack users, ecosystem developers and vendors world-wide; consequently, I have a very broad perspective on use and technical needs for OpenStack and related Cloud technologies.

You can get a much better perspective on me and my position on OpenStack by visiting http://robhirschfeld.com.

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Kyle Mestery

Nominated by: Edward Henry Myles Steinhauser Steve Noble Britt Houser Sudeep Lohith Jay Cuthrell Ryan Hughes Jesse Proudman Marcel de Bont Sumeet Prasad

About Kyle Mestery

Kyle is a Senior Director and Chief Technologist for Open Source Networking at HP. He works primarly on Open Source projects including OpenStack, Open vSwitch, OpenDayllight, and libvirt. Kyle has a passion for Open Source software and believes the power of an open community can change the world. He has been writing systems software for over 15 years. Kyle lives with his wife and family in Minnesota.

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Monty Taylor

Nominated by: Alexis Munyandekwe Jay Cuthrell Szilvia Racz Mark McLoughlin Adam Lawson Tristan Goode Thierry Carrez Russell Bryant Sean Dague Anita Kuno

About Monty Taylor

I currently work full-time on OpenStack for IBM. I lead a team that works on running the Developer Infrastructure systems for the project, as well as other pure-upstream development efforts. I am past PTL of the OpenStack Infra Program and set up the original project gating infrastructure. I currently sit on the Technical Committee. Previously, I was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. I've been a Python hacker by choice since 2000, and am currently a member of the Python Software Foundation.

I have a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led me to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. I continue to work in the theatre, and regularly light shows in New York, Seattle and Austin.

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Vishvananda Ishaya

Nominated by: Chet Burgess David Lapsley Rafi Khardalian Zane Bitter Tina Nolte Tobias Ford Joel Friedly Kord Campbell Joe Gordon Mark McClain

About Vishvananda Ishaya

Vish Ishaya is the Chief Technology Officer at Nebula, Inc. Prior to joining Nebula, he was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.

He is a highly prolific developer who has been one of the top contributors to OpenStack. He has been a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee since its inception, and was recently elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project.

Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.

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John Griffith

Nominated by: Kenneth Hui Tom Fifield Rushi Agrawal Mike Perez Dustin Schoenbrun Xing Yang Madhura Maskasky Sean McGinnis Fergal Mc Carthy Duncan Thomas

About John Griffith

John Griffith, Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack.  He served as Technical Lead for the Block Storage Project since it's beginning through the Juno release, and also holds an elected seat on the OpenStack Technical Committee.

John has over fifteen years of engineering experience in both hardware and software engineering.  He’s been an active user and contributor to open source for close to a decade, and has been focused on OpenStack since January of 2011.

In addition to his technical contributions, John also spends a lot of his time talking to people who are interested in learning about OpenStack as well as gathering feedback from current users.

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Kyle MacDonald

Nominated by: Bob Sokol Eli Iwaszewicz Chris Kemp Gary Butler Joshua McKenty Dave Wright Jonathan LaCour Jim Curry Ryan Floyd Dan Wendlandt

About Kyle MacDonald

I have worked and supported OpenStack for almost 4 years (being at the original design summit in Austin) across a number of different companies and organizations including Cloud.com / Nibula and Canonical. In my last role as Vice President of Cloud at Ubuntu / Canonical I focused exclusively on helping Carriers & Telco's grow implemetations on OpenStack from POC to Production Implementations. I now spend my time helping companies join, engage and grow in the OpenStack ecosystem.


Prior to my roles in Canonical I spent time as a VP & Chief Evangelist for Cloud.com, Director of the Cloud/Web2.0 & Next Generation Service Provider group at Sun Microsystems and in the Office of the CTO at AMD.


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Das Kamhout

Nominated by: Michał Dulko Ricardo Vega Reuven Cohen Robert Esker Chris Kemp Mark Voelker Don Dugger Ruchi Bhargava Haiying Wang Ronald Pagani, Jr.

About Das Kamhout

Das Kamhout is a principal engineer in Intel IT responsible for the architecture, strategy and execution of the Intel IT Cloud Journey.  In his 16 years at Intel he has been responsible for everything from the clients that Intel IT uses, to the architecture that Intel’s Design Grid runs upon.

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Kavit Munshi

Nominated by: Kiran Murari Randy Bias Syed Armani Sajid Akhtar Stefano Maffulli Paramjot Singh Tejas Barot Michael Chapman Tom Fifield

About Kavit Munshi

Kavit is the CTO of Aptira, heads Aptira's Indian operations and has 15 years of experience in designing and deploying Enterprise and Telco solutions.


He is also the founder of the Indian OpenStack User Group and the OpenStack Ambassador for the region. Kavit is also an Individual Director member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.


Kavit has been a driving force behind the Indian OpenStack community and has interwoven  this into Aptira's deep involvement with OpenStack. He has helped organise numerous OpenStack events in India and loves to work with students driving their involvement with OpenStack. As an active OpenStack Ambassador his priorities are to help the OpenStack Community grow in South Asia by increasing the engagement of the burgeoning OpenSource community in academia with the OpenStack project. Kavit also realises the importance of startups to innovation and always looks to promote OpenStack in that space.

Kavit has a vision for India as a Centre of Innovation to develop and commercialise intellectual property rather than an offshoring destination. Kavit has been mentoring students and young entrepreneurs to that end.

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Haiying Wang

Nominated by: Simon Anderson Rochelle Grober Rob Hirschfeld John Zannos Tristan Goode Boris Renski Mark Collier Tianhua Huang liu sheng Zhiqiang Fan

About Haiying Wang

Haiying Wang melds deep technical experience with strong business sense.  He joined Huawei in 2010 and is the VP and CTO of Cloud Computing, responsible for Cloud strategy and technology. He initiated and is spearheading Huawei’s OpenStack cloud effort, leading Huawei to transform into an Open Source enthusiast and champion. Haiying's mission is to make OpenStack adoption easier in the Telco and emergent market. Prior to Huawei, Haiying co-founded and served as CEO of Digital Support Technology, a company focused on delivering an innovative online support service. Haiying was involved in infrastructure virtualization and abstraction from the early days, leading an R&D  team at VMware when its engineering grew from 100+ to 1000+. Prior to VMware, he joined the initial Vitria Technology engineering team as a Sr. Architect. Vitria Technology was a leading business enterprise application integration company. At SGI, Haiying contributed to the world first interactive TV system. Haiying holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Alberta and an MBA from Wharton School.

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Alex Freedland

Nominated by: Serg Melikyan Tristan Goode John Griffith Jay Pipes Joe Gordon Simon Anderson Mark McClain Randy Bias Lew Tucker Mark Collier

About Alex Freedland

Alex Freedland is the co-founder and Chairman of Mirantis, the largest independent company focusing on delivering pure-play OpenStack to the customers worldwide.

Under Alex's leadership, Mirantis has become the top-3 contributor to OpenStack and is the only private company amongst Top-10 contributors.

Mirantis is also laser-focused on making customers (large and small) adopt OpenStack at scale. With that in mind, we have also pioneered such projects as Fuel (the point and click installer), Rally (a popular framework for scalability testing of OpenStack), Sahara (the orchstrator for Hadoop distributions running on top of OpenStack),  Murano (an intuitive way to automate workload orchestration on top of OpenStack and the project behind the Foundation Application Catalog) and Stackalytics.  

Prior to starting Mirantis, Alex have co-founded several other businesses, some of which are operating today and some have successfully exited. 

Alex was born in Moscow, Russia, and currently resides in the SF Bay Area.
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Election Details

Nominations for Individual Board Members have closed.