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2014 Board Election: Gold Member Candidate List

Gold Director Selector Candidates

The candidates on this list are the intended Gold Directors from the Gold Member companies who are running for election as Gold Director Selectors.

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Tristan Goode

About Tristan

After 20+ years’ experience in deep technical roles, I embraced OpenStack in my home country, Australia, and became passionate about it recognising it's immense potential the world over. I soon recognised however, that the Australian OpenStack community needed a real boost.  So a little more than 3 years ago I founded the Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG).  The response has been fantastic, and we have grown to over 850 members in that 3 years.   While much of my time has been spent nurturing the OpenStack community in Australia, I have been actively supporting the growth of the Indian OpenStack community.  I've spent time in India promoting and speaking about OpenStack, and I actively take part in meetups online around the world whenever possible.

I am deeply humble for the opportunity to represent the community builders, operators, developers and end users of OpenStack on the Board – everyone, including the people who don’t write the code, but still have lots to offer.  I plan on continuing to work to promote OpenStack in every possible way, so that it becomes ubiquitous and full-featured, while remaining, most importantly, truly open.

My twitter is @tristangoode and I also quite like beer, I'm Australian!

Nurture and grow the Product Working Group. It’s critical to the momentum of OpenStack that the people responsible for the product direction in all of the eco-system companies collaborate to drive strategic and tactical alignment for the core project. For more info on the Product-wg have a browse through the list archive at
OpenStack Foundation driven philanthropy. We have a plethora of very wealthy organisations in OpenStack. I want to see some of them get behind a co-operative philanthropic effort to identify, mentor and even seed innovative OpenStack related start up business ventures the world over. Think of it like the Summit travel program for innovative OpenStack start-ups!
Solve the common problems via the “Operations Project”.
Its clear that operators the world over have the same problems. This project is all about collaboration to form best practices from that. I want to encourage and help this project because I see first hand the benefits that operator collaboration has brought to my team and our business.

A year ago I suggested and championed the Operators Day concept ( until it was adopted for the last two summits. These sessions have proven to be some of the most popular sessions and this increased focus has even spawned the Operations Project that seeks to define high quality solutions to common operator problems.

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Joseph George

About Joseph

Joseph B George (@jbgeorge) is an active director on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, as the representative from Dell.  He is also the Director of Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell, the team is responsible for developing innovative open source solutions such as the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution, the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, and the Dell Crowbar software framework.

Joseph has held key strategy, product management, and technical roles at companies like HP, BMC Software, and Halliburton. Covering areas such as enterprise management software, virtual desktops infrastructure (VDI), scale out computing, and transaction management, Joseph has spent over 16 years in the areas of enterprise software, virtualization, and cloud technology. 

Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master’s in business administration (MBA), both from the University of Houston. He’s a tried and true Texan, and currently resides in Austin with his wife and two children.

You can catch Joseph’s thoughts and opinions regularly at the JBGeorge Tech Blog ( and he can often be found talking tech on Twitter (@jbgeorge).

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Nick (Nicolas) Barcet

About Nick (Nicolas)

Nick has joined eNovance, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, in december 2012 as VP of Products. He was elected by the college of Gold members members to represent them on Board of Directors in 2013.

Nick founded the Ceilometer project at the Folsom summit in April 2012 to handle centralized metering on OpenStack, and has been project leading it for its first year and until it was integrated by OpenStack's technical comitee.  To see more about his thoughts and involvement: 

- Blog in Wired with wishes for OpenStack in 2014:

- "A view from the Board" slides:

Nick has been involved in Open Source since 2000 working with Novell, Intel and Canonical in various technical and product management roles.

Nick is a french citizen residing in Paris, France and is 45 years old.

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Boris Renski

About Boris

Boris is the co-founder and CMO at Mirantis. Operationally responsible for Mirantis’ marketing strategy, Boris acts as a spokesperson for the company and is Mirantis’ public face in the OpenStack community. Boris' influence was instrumental in Mirantis' current focus on OpenStack. 

In his role, Boris works to ensure that Mirantis’ marketing efforts don’t just promote the Mirantis brand, but also help further global awareness of the OpenStack community. To that effect, Mirantis is a regular sponsor of OpenStack summits, promotes OpenStack at unaffiliated trade shows such as Cloud Connect and OSCON, and helps run regional communities in the Bay Area, Russia, and Ukraine.

Boris continuously helps evangelize the OpenStack community by regularly blogging about it (, talking on behalf of the community at various conferences, and engaging in business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.

During 15 years of his professional career, Boris held several executive positions with technology companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of Selectosa Systems, an IT consulting company which was subsequently acquired in 2006; and is a co-founder and angel investor at, now a venture-backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.

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Joshua McKenty

About Joshua

The first public release of OpenStack source code was on my blog, in May of 2010. But I spent the two years prior to that working on it, as the Chief Architect and Technical Lead of a project called NASA Nebula.

I'm currently on both the OpenStack Foundation board, and the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board. I co-chair the OpenStack interoperability committee, and chair the Transparency Working Group. I also serve on the finance committee, the compensation committee, and the program committees of every OpenStack summit to date.

I was the official "Gold Member" representative to the drafting committee, responsible for development of the OpenStack foundation bylaws. And in the early days, I was one of the four original members of the OpenStack Project Oversight Committee.

Essentially, I've spent a majority of my time mucking about in OpenStack governance since the days we called this thing "Pinet".

When I'm not drinking coffee and eating donuts, I do a lot of public speaking and evangelism of OpenStack, particularly around its use in Enterprise private cloud settings. (I believe I've given over 28 speeches in the past year).

My "day job" is as CTO for Piston Cloud Computing, the makers of the first commercial OpenStack software product.

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Randy Bias

About Randy

His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from mainframe to enterprise computing and then to cloud in addition to popularizing the cloud server "pets vs. cattle" meme. 

Randy was an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project and Cloudscaling was part the initial OpenStack launch in summer of 2010.  He led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation. He continues to be a vocal advocate of OpenStack, through his company, his writing and his speaking engagements. 

His voice is frequently heard in media outlets such as GigaOm, InformationWeek, The Economist, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Light Reading, and others, in addition to the Cloudscaling blog. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at events from the OpenStack Summit to VMworld, Structure, eComm, CloudConnect, Interop, CloudBeat, CloudExpo, The Web Summit, and Gluecon.

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Lew Tucker

About Lew

As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing.  I also run the OpenStack team at Cisco contributing to Neutron, Nova, Horizon, and other projects and currently sit on the Foundation Board as a Gold representative.  I frequently talk about cloud computing, software defined networking, and OpenStack at major conferences.  

Formerly, I was VP/CTO Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where I led development of SunCloud, was responsible for all of Sun's Internet-facing web sites and services, and was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team.  At other points in my career, at I led the development of the AppExchange, and was CTO at Radar Networks, a semantic web startup.  In the 1980's I was a director of R&D at Thinking Machines, where I developed algorithms for AI and machine vision for the massively parallel Connection Machine.   I have a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. in computer science from New York University.

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Sean Roberts

About Sean

Sean Roberts has been working within the OpenStack community for over three years, with over two years as an OpenStack Board Director. He has been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership. Sean has also held the Chair of Finance and Tax Affairs committee positions, in addition to being a member of the DefCore and Gold Membership committees. He has strong relationships with many of the Gold Members and has been active with the Gold Member tagup meetings. He looks forward to continuing to serve as your Gold Member representative on the Board of Directors.

Sean is a Senior R&D Manager at VMware within the Network Security Business Unit. With a Bachelors Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, he has over twenty years experience in the technology industry. Sean has worked at Yahoo, Stanford, Genentech, and Electronic Arts.

Sean is also involved with OpenStack projects. He is currently managing the Congress policy project and is the acting Project Technical Lead for the Training-Guides and Trainers projects. The OpenStack Foundation has recognized Sean as an OpenStack Ambassador, which leads the OpenStack user groups worldwide. In his spare time, Sean leads the San Francisco OpenStack user group with over four thousand members.

“I enjoy working with all the different people involved with OpenStack. There is constant state of optimism and a drive to improve. If I had to pick one thing that makes me feel renewed and happy about my work, it would be helping people to improve themselves. I am always humbled, when I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill. This is what keeps me going.”

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Haiying Wang

About Haiying

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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Imad Sousou

About Imad

Imad Sousou is vice president in the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp. He established the center in 2003 and is responsible for driving Intel's efforts in open source software and architecture across technologies and market segments, including enterprise and carrier-grade Linux and related technologies, virtualization technologies, embedded market segments, and client Linux programs and related technologies.

Imad joined Intel in 1994 as a senior software engineer. Before moving into his current role, he served as director of telecom software programs in the Intel Communications Group and as director of client software engineering in the Home Products Group.

Prior to joining Intel, Imad was a software engineer at Central Point Software working on system utilities for the Apple Mac OS.

Imad holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Portland State University.

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Dan Wendlandt

About Dan

I head up VMware's OpenStack efforts across compute, network, storage.  I came to VMware via Nicira, the company behind Open vSwitch and as part of that effort I help start and was the PTL of the OpenStack Networking Project (Neutron).  During that time, I was a core developer on OpenStack Neutron and also made significant contributions to Nova, Docs, and Devstack.    

During this time, I've spent countless hours not only developing and troubleshooting OpenStack deployments (both in-house and at customers) but also educating customers about how they can deploy OpenStack to help solve their cloud challenges.  

I also served on the OpenStack Technical Committee during this time, and have a lot of experience working closely with the folks who "keep the lights on" from a technical + infrastructure perspective.

Outside of work, I enjoy trail running, and brewing/drinking beer.   

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Tsugikazu SHIBATA

About Tsugikazu

Tsugikazu SHIBATA is working for OSS promotion Center of NEC. He is activiley working for the Linux over 10 years and for OpenStack for two years. He is having a senior role of Open Source conference such as LinuxCon and CloudOpen to advocate join and work for the Open Source community especially for Japanese and Asian developers. He is also member of the board of the Linux Foundation since 2006. His role of the Linux Foundation is to expand ecosystem of using and adopting Linux for Japan and Asian countries. He is also a technical committee member of the Open Invention Network (OIN) as a representative of NEC. His activity of solving IP issue of the Open Source will becoming very important even for OpenStack and surrounding ecosystem.

By these background, he has an advisory role of OpenStack development team in NEC and the team is actively contributing OpenStack development community with five of core developers.  He is also leading a Open source development project called LTSI (Long Term Support Initiative) that is to keep Linux Kernel stable as longer term for industry. This is a Linux activity but even for OpenStack, Every industry people hope to use more stable and longer term useable OpenStack.

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Mats Karlsson

About Mats

I am responsible for heading up Architecture within the Ericsson group (VP Architecture reporting to CTO) being responsible for the Network and Implementation architecture for all Ericsson products. I have also been heading up Ericsson Cloud Program, i.e. defining and setting the strategy around cloud for the company, including our strategic choice to base our cloud platform product upon OpenStack. Right now my focus is to ensure that we can provide an NFV (Network Function Virtualization) environment for Telco Operators, based on Openstack, that can retain and improve the carrier-grade SLA’s when our applications goes from a box-based/native deployment to a cloud based deployment model. Ericsson is today taking a lead position in transforming legacy telco applications to virtulizaed NFV applications running in an Openstack based environment. We are one of the founding members and Technical Chair in OPNFV which is a consortia (part of Linux Foundation) of Operators and vendors with the target to create a working reference solution for NFV applications based upon Openstack. I have myself, together with other industry leaders, been presenting the needs and requirements from an NFV perspective towards Openstack.

Ericsson and myself will continue to drive the work to ensure that Openstack also well adresses the new segment of NFV which is a clear extension of the market that Openstack will be possible to adress.

I am also responsible for Ericsson OpenSource strategy and have been instrumental in drving the foundation of Ericsson initiated opensource projects such as Erlang and OpenSAF where Ericsson has been the founder and major contributor of code.

I have spent my entire career within Ericsson entirely within R&D and management and have been responsible for Ericsson server and platform development (Processor, Operating System, Middleware etc) but is now part of the CTO office driving technology strategy across the company.

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Manju Ramanathpura

About Manju

I am a member of Hitachi Data Systems’ Office of Technology & Planning team, working as a CTO for Intelligent Platforms. In my role, I work closely with strategic clients, research communities, open source communities and various Hitachi’s internal organizations to drive continuous innovation. Before joining HDS, I worked in product management and engineering roles with Cisco Systems Inc., for several switching and routing products.

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Simon Anderson

About Simon

Simon is CEO of DreamHost, and Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, Inc. Simon was also Co-founder and Chair of Inktank Storage, Inc., acquired by Red Hat in April 2014. 

DreamHost has been a major contributor to the OpenStack software and community since 2011. DreamHost has launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Akanda. 

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