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2015 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 Proulx Tom Fifield Jack Mac Kevin Jackson Mark McLoughlin Kavit Munshi Egle Sigler Syed Armani Cody Bunch Giuseppe Paterno'

About Tim Bell

Tim is responsible for the group at CERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics, which manages the compute infrastructure for 13,000 physicists around the world to support fundamental research. He previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM along with managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank in Europe.

His team is running the CERN OpenStack cloud which has been in production since July 2013 and is currently around 175,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power to analyse the data from the Large Hadron Collider and other experiments which produce around 35PB a year. Our experiences are shared on the blog at http://openstack-in-production.blogspot.fr/

 

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Monty Taylor

Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Mark McLoughlin Todd Moore Sean Dague Thierry Carrez Shamail Tahir James Blair Kyle Mestery Mark McClain Morgan Fainberg

About Monty Taylor

I currently work on OpenStack and Zuul for Red Hat. 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 PTL Emeritus 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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Randy Bias

Nominated by: Rafael Rivero AHMED METWALY Saqib Ghani Shaun Edwards Sean Winn Vibhu Bontala Patrick Butler Monterde Adam Waters Magdy Salem Denis Jannot

About Randy Bias

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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Russell Bryant

Nominated by: Dave Neary Mark McLoughlin Sean Dague Thierry Carrez Jack Mac Alvaro Lopez Garcia Chris Dent Nicolas Barcet Doug Hellmann Stephen Gordon

About Russell Bryant

Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc.  He is on the OpenStack Technical Committee (since Fall 2012) and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors (since January 2015).  Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011.  His most significant contributions around OpenStack have been to Nova and most recently Neutron and OVN.

Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.

Russell is also a published author.  Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media.  He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".

Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006.  He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Rob Hirschfeld

Nominated by: Sean Roberts Egle Sigler Rochelle Grober Jack Mac Forrest Carpenter Cody Bunch Chris Hoge Tobias Ford David Flanders Shane Wang

About Rob Hirschfeld

I've been involved in OpenStack since the earliest days with a focus on ops and building the infrastructure that powers cloud and storage. 

On the board, I've lead the DefCore initative and founded the Product Working Group.  I also work to help screen and coach new Gold Members.  I am a strong advocate for operators and interoperability.

I believe that the OpenStack community is service by having a clearly defined core.  I feel that we need to do a better job defining and building an ecosystem around the project.

I maintain an open balanced perspective and respect other people's points of view.

You can read more about my thoughts and positions regarding OpenStack and Cloud on my blog: http://RobHirschfeld.com.

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Sean Roberts

Nominated by: Sean Roberts Stefano Maffulli josh sanderson Rob Hirschfeld Jack Mac Simon Anderson Shamail Tahir Anni Lai Syed Armani Edgar Magana

About Sean Roberts

Sean manages the platform programs and products 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.”

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Kavit Munshi

Nominated by: Tristan Goode John Dickinson Mark Collier Jack Mac Shane Wang Egle Sigler Syed Armani atul jha Kiran Murari 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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Edgar Magana

Nominated by: Dan Leyden Samuel Cassiba Kasey Al-Alusi Mark Gloshen Sergio de Carvalho Tom Fifield Adrian Smith Tim Bell Paul McDonnell Sean Roberts

About Edgar Magana

I have been an OpenStack member since 2011 as a part of the founding team of the neutron project (formerly known as quantum). I have extended my contributions to nova, devstack, docs, heat and other projects. Currently, I am part of the core team for docs-specs and lead the work needed to complete the networking guide.

Currently, I am part of the Cloud Operations and Infrastructure team for one of the biggest SaaS providers. My current role as OpenStack consumer is giving me a different opinion about what OpenStack should integrate and how it can be consumed easier and more scalable for both Service Providers and Entreprises. I am planning to provide my experience to the OpenStack Board in order to drive its direction based on the interest of the Operators and Users, never influenced by technology-specific vendors. 

 Professionally, I have a PhD on Distributed Systems and I have specialized on Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and the most important OpenStack. During my last three positions at Cisco, PLUMgrid and Workday I have completed successful OpenStack deployment in heterogeneous and scalable infrastructures, from vendor specific hardware to commodity one. All improvements have been shared and I have created extended experience on configuration languages such as Puppet and Chef.

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Egle Sigler

Nominated by: Rob Hirschfeld Kavit Munshi Tristan Goode Mark Collier Jack Mac Kevin Jackson Tim Bell Cody Bunch Chris Hoge Tobias Ford

About Egle Sigler

Egle Sigler is a principal architect on Rackspace's OpenStack Private Cloud team and an OpenStack Foundation board member. As part of the board, Egle is co-chair of the DefCore committee and the Diversity Working Group. Egle has co-authored two books, DevOps for VMware Administrators and OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook.

Egle wants OpenStack to be regarded as one of the most successful open source projects, with a great community to back it. During the past year, Egle has been co-chair of DefCore committee, where she has seen that the impact DefCore has on OpenStack is crucial. Interoperability is one of the top OpenStack priorities, and she  continues leading the efforts to increase it.

Egle is also a co-chair for the Diversity Working Group. OpenStack community is growing in size every day. It is the goal of the Diversity WG to not only increase the diversity in our community, but also to make sure that this diversity is reflected in total participation.  

 

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Shane Wang

Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Jonathan Proulx Kiran Murari David Lyle Anni Lai Jack Mac Tom Fifield Mark Collier Sean Dague Zhenzan Zhou

About Shane Wang

Shane Wang is an individual board member of OpenStack Foundation in 2015 and an engineering manager of the Datacenter and Cloud Software (DCS) team at the Open Source Technology Center (OTC), Intel. Shane joined Intel in 2004 after he graduated from Fudan University and got his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, and since 2007 has been working on open source technologies, spanning low-level Virtualization Technology (VT) in Xen and KVM, maintaining tboot - an open source trusted boot solution, Yocto, and managing embedded solutions. Since 2011 Shane has focused on OpenStack, with his team working on Nova, Ironic, TripleO, Magnum, Congress, Watcher, Horizon, Keystone, Neutron, Ceilometer, Cinder, Glance, and the 3rd party CIs.  He led the team and co-authored two books OpenStack Design and Implementation in 2015 and System Virtualization in 2009.

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Simon Anderson

Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Mark McLoughlin Mark McClain Todd Moore John Zannos Kiran Murari Henrik Rosendahl Egle Sigler Jonathan LaCour Tim Bell

About Simon Anderson

Simon 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 is currently 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. 

 

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