The candidates on this list are the intended Gold Directors from the Gold Member companies who are running for election as Gold Director Selectors.
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 have represented the community builders, operators, developers and end users of OpenStack on the Foundation's Board of Directors – 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!
Joseph George is the Vice President of Solutions Strategy at SUSE, a leader in Linux and other open source technologies like OpenStack cloud and scalable software-defined storage. Joseph is responsible for driving solutions focus across the SUSE portfolio, including Linux, OpenStack, and Ceph, and is extremely passionate about bringing emerging technologies, like OpenStack, to the broader IT markets.
In prior years, Joseph has served on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, and has held key executive, strategy, and technical leadership roles at companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, BMC Software, and Halliburton. Resultantly, Joseph has spent more than 20 years in driving emerging technology solutions in the areas of cloud, big data analytics, software defined storage, and both commercial and open source software.
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 Houston with his wife and two children.
You can catch Joseph’s thoughts and opinions regularly at the JBGeorge Tech Blog (www.jbgeorge.net) and he can often be found talking tech on Twitter (@jbgeorge).
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: http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/great-expectations-2014-and-the-year-of-openstack-adoption
- "A view from the Board" slides: http://www.slideshare.net/NicolasBarcet/presentations
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.
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 (mirantis.com/blog), 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 AGroup.lv, now a venture-backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.
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.
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.
As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing and represent Cisco on the OpenStack Foundation board of director. Cisco is a major contributor to OpenStack across multiple projects including: Neutron, Nova, Horizon, Kolla, Magnum and others. I am a frequent invited speaker at major conferences on cloud computing and open source.
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 Salesforce.com 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.
Sean manages the platform product and open source for Walmart. Walmart is making heavy investments in agile infrastructure. New network stacks, OpenStack infrastructure, OneOps platform orchestration, CI/CD pipelines, open source contributions, and many other important changes are being implemented. Sean is working on the evolution of a traditional brick and mortar retailer into a online retail competitor.
Sean has been involved with OpenStack for more than four 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.
Sean is also involved with OpenStack projects. He was formerly the Akanda and Training-Guides PTL. As well as a member of DefCore, Product, and Ambassador groups. 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 five thousand plus 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 always am humbled when I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill. This is what keeps me going.”
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.
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.
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.
Tsugikazu SHIBATA is working for OSS promotion Center of NEC. He is actively working for Linux over 10 years and for OpenStack since 2011. He is having a senior role of partner relationship for Open Source industry as a business side and also advocate join and work for the Open Source community especially for Japanese and Asian developers as community side.
He is also member of the board of the Linux Foundation since 2006. He is working with the Linux Foundation to expand ecosystem of Linux for Asian countries.
He is also a technical committee member of the Open Invention Network (OIN) from NEC. His activity of solving IP issue of the Open Source is being very important even for OpenStack and surrounding ecosystem.
By these background, he has an advisory role of OpenStack development team in NEC. The team is actively contributing to OpenStack community and keeping top 10 contributors in the past couple of years.
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.
I am a member of Hitachi Data Systems’ Office of Technology & Planning team, working as a Sr. Director & 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.
I am also a member of OpenStack board of directors, representing Hitachi.
Simon is Chairman of Aptira, the leading OpenStack services company in the Asia-Pacific region. He is the former CEO of DreamHost, and a founding member and Board member of the OpenStack Foundation. Simon has Chaired the Gold Member Committee and been a member of the Finance Committee, DefCore Committee and Product Working Group of the Foundation.
During Simon's tenure as CEO from 2011-2015, DreamHost has been a major contributor of code, governance and community to OpenStack. DreamHost launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Astara in 2013.
Simon was co-founder Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, the major developer and supporter of the OpenStack project Astara, a network services orchestration platform for OpenStack clouds.
Simon was Co-founder and Chair of Inktank, the company behind the Ceph storage system, acquired by Red Hat in April 2014.