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2018 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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Boris Renski

About Boris Renski

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.

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Kenji Kaneshige

About Kenji Kaneshige

He has been working on open source development to offer Linux based enterprise systems to customers as a leader of Linux development team at Fujitsu. He and his team have made a lots of contribution especially to enterprise features such as RAS, Resource Management, scalability enhancements and virtualization. He is now leading Fujitsu's open source development and working as the Fujitsu's representative to OSS communities. His team contributes to the variety of OSS communities such as OpenStack, Linux Kernel, Qemu, libvirt, docker, LTP, etc.

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Mark Baker

About Mark Baker
Previously Product Manager in AWS EC2 and OpenStack PM at Canonical before that. Involved OpenStack since 2011, I helped design and release Canonical's OpenStack distribution from 2011 to 2018 and was an OpenStack Board Director for several years. A 25 year career in infrastructure software with Product Management, Product Marketings and Solutions architecture roles at Oracle, Red Hat, Canonical, MySQL and a couple of startups. Now recently joined Neo4j as lead PM for SaaS products running across a number of different clouds. I love spending time with Open Source infrastructure technology learning about the differing models, communities and the challenges of each. 
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Robert Esker

About Robert Esker

Rob's been involved in the OpenStack community dating to its origin in 2010. He founded NetApp’s OpenStack effort and is presently serving in his fourth term as a member of the foundation's Board of Directors. He's contributed to the community and overall adoption of OpenStack in capacities ranging from having co-founded the Manila project, to architecting some of the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, to co-chairing the Board's membership committee, as a summit track curator, to frequently speaking at design summits, conferences and user groups globally.   His tenure at NetApp has spanned from co-founder of NetApp’s cloud architecture team, to currently leading product & strategy for Open Ecoystem projects and technologies.

In addition to his role in the OpenStack community he's also served in a similar capacity on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) Governing Board. 
 
Prior to NetApp, Rob was at Apple from 1998-2006.  He served in a variety of roles including as Technical Attaché to the CEO and the Board of Directors reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He’s a former U.S. Marine, and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife & two daughters.
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Arkady Kanevsky

About Arkady Kanevsky

Arkady has been a member of OpenStack since Grizzly. He is director of engineering leading a team of developers responsible for development of DellEMC OpenStack solutions.  Arkady has PhD. in CS from UIUC.  He straddled academic, research, architect, developer, and product owner roles.  Arkady roles included  but not limited to, research publications and Program committee member for various conferences like FAST (https://www.usenix.org/legacy/events/fast11/organizers.html), Chair or board member  of several standard activities, like DAT (http://www.datcollaborative.org),  OpenFabric (https://www.openfabrics.org/index.php) and MPI-RT (http://www.cse.msstate.edu/~yogi/dandass-mpirt-2004.pdf) to product delivery, like EMC Atmos, Dell OpenStack solutions among others.

Arkady represents Dell Technologies at OpenStack, including Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal, VirtuStream.

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junwei liu

About junwei liu

JunWei Liu serves as Director Of OIF in 2017. He works at China Mobile for ten years and he is the General Manager of Cloud Product Deparment,China Mobile SuZhou R&D Center. Over the last 10+ years,he has worked on developing and building China Mobile's cloud products-"Big Cloud",which is an fully cloud software stack including computing,storage,network,security and cloud management platform. As the cheif architect of Big Cloud, Junwei leads a team more than 400 people to construct China Mobile's public cloud (It‘s one of the biggest public cloud based openstack including 40,000 physical nodes) and private cloud (It's one of the biggest private cloud based openstack including 100,000 physical nodes,20000 baremetal nodes base ironic). China Mobile Public Cloud has achieved more than 8 billion revenue and it is the fastest growing public cloud in china. So junwei has rich experience in cloud R&D and operation, especially for openstack. His team won OpenStack SuperUser in 2016 and they give back their experience to OpenStack Community all the time, for example telecom demand about availability and scalability, real demand for end-user, deep customization for workload. 

Junwei Liu is also very active for OpenStack's promotion and landing in China. For example, he is an organizer of  China OpenStack Hackathon and Meet-up in SuZhou. He always comes up some unique idea for OpenStack based the demand of China Mobile's customers. He often leads his team to share their experience for China OpenStack users and make OpenStack more mature cooperating China Mobile's partners.

Junwei Liu lead his team to optimize the nova scheduler and ironic project for 100,000 nodes scenario in one region. The optimized scheduler can achieve 2000 concurrent virtual machine delivery in several minutes.

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Lew Tucker

About Lew Tucker

As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing.  I also serve as Cisco's representative and vice-chairman of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors and am a passionate advocate of open source software development. 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 parallel 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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Joseph Wang

About Joseph Wang

Joseph is the Vice General Manager at inwinSTACK. He is responsible for marketing and community development. During the last 10 years, he has been involved with technology innovation as an experienced IT industry evangelist.

Predicting the potential of OpenStack, he has led a cloud R&D team since 2012 inside the InWin Group. This team was spun off and became inwinSTACK in 2014. inwinSTACK is an Asia-Pacific Cloud services company focused on OpenStack, Ceph and Kubernetes/Docker. inwinSTACK is also a regular contributor and sponsor for Open Source solutions like OpenStack, Ceph, Kubernetes,Python, etc.

Joseph is engaged in promoting and establishing the OpenStack ecosystem in Asian countries like Taiwan and Japan as well as the countries of South East Asia.  He has served as board director for OpenStack foundation and Linux foundation Edge project Akraino during last years. He is committed to the success of OpenStack and the future of inwinSTACK.

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Ting Zou

About Ting Zou

Ting Zou currently serves as the head of Cloud Architecture at Inspur Group, China, which is the world wide No.3 server vendor and one of biggest Chinese players in Cloud Computing and Big Data area. 

Before that, Ting Zou was the CTO and Deputy GM of Mirantis Greater China, where he helped Mirantis grow its OpenStack/MOS business from zero to million dollars business within two years. He also set up a sizeable openstack architecture team and service team locally and delivered several OpenStack projects with hundreds of nodes wfor customers such as ShenZhen Stock Exchange, Bailian e-commence group, China mobile etc. Under his leadship, Mirantis China engineering team has achieved among one of Top 10 code contribution in OpenStack releases in China. Ting Zou is also a freaquent speaker at OpenStack summit where he delivered several talks in Tokyo 2016 and HongKong 2013. Ting talked with nearly hundreds of OpenStack customers and really understands the pain points of OpenStack adoption in the Enterprise large scale environments.

Ting Zou has worked in engineering and product management areas for several IT companies such as VCE, Juniper and Cisco for more than 16 years.

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Hui Cheng

About Hui Cheng

Hui is the CEO & Founder of UnitedStack, founded from 2012, UnitedStack has become a major open cloud player in China market. 

Hui’s dream is to build a cloud service company to help the traditional enterprise to drive the ditial transformation, as well as a respectable open source company that could be attractive for talent engineers.

Prior to starting his own business, Hui was the technical leader of the OpenStack team in Sina, where he initiated the first OpenStack based on public Iaas cloud in China, while leading his team to become the No.1 corporate contributor in China.

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Li Kai

About Li Kai

I am Kai and am the CSO/Co-founder from 99CLOUD. I had been devoting myself for OpenStack for more than 8 years from 2012.  99CLOUD is one of the top code committer orgnization in OIF foundation.  We believe with Open Infra tech, we can some how change the world and help client better in their IT and bussiness transformation. I am currently in the OpenStack board in 2020. I am also in EdgeGallery (a MEC opensource project) as a baord member. Prior to 99CLOUD, I worked for Intel from 2006~2012 as a SW engineer and Accenture 2012~2014 as Cloud Manager.  

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Johan Christenson

About Johan Christenson

Johan Christenson is a serial entrepreneur whom has successfully exited multiple companies he founded. After receiving a graduate degree in Engineering, from Florida Institute of Technology, his focus turned to the digital space. He has raised money both in the US and Europe from venture capical firms such as Benchmark Capital and Balderton Capital.

Johan is the founder and CEO of City Network, which offers a global public cloud as well as private clouds for enterprises - all based on OpenStack. City Networks mission is to enable innovation and focuses on enterprises with regulatory challenges such as banks and insurance companies.

Johan sees OpenStack as critical for all enterprises in order to provide options and create competition in an ever more centralized infrastructure world. He, and the team at City, empower new types of industries and markets to use the power of OpenStack, to enable and increase innovation in their organizations.

Johan is based in Sweden.

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Kurt Garloff

About Kurt Garloff

I'm currently working on a building a European Cloud initiative - this will be my professional focus starting 2020 after leaving SUSE following their change in direction.

Dec 2018 - Dec 2019, I was responsible for the Cloud and Storage Departments in SUSE R&D.
SUSE builds and maintains the SUSE and Helion OpenStack Cloud Products, is a platinum member of the Foundation and a strong upstream contributor.

Before SUSE, I was leading the architecture, community and consulting teams in Deutsche Telekom's Open Telekom Cloud Team.

DT has been a vocal supporter of OpenStack since I joined in early 2012 -- we have been able to run several OpenStack projects. We have participated in most OpenStack Summits and are active in a few working groups. I personally support the InterOp Workig Group, a key area for OpenStack's success given the centrifugal forces in such a large project. DT has become gold member of the OpenStack Foundation in 2016 and has been headline sponsor for a few summits (Barcelona, Boston, Berlin). I was serving in the board in most of 2018 until I handed over to Clemens Hardewig.

Before joining DT end of 2011 I was a long-time contributor to the Linux kernel, which also gave me the privilege of building up and leading SUSE Labs and work with a number of great engineers in- and outside my company, contributing to the success of the Open Source technology.

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Xilun Chen

About Xilun Chen

Xilun Chen is the founder and CEO of EasyStack (www.easystack.io), an Open Cloud Computing company.  Founded in 2014, EasyStack has grown to be the leading player with more than 300 large enterprise customers including State Grid of China, China Post Saving Bank,Lenovo, TCL,Tsinghua University and etc. Today EasyStack has branches in Silicon Valley, Singapore, as well as many cities in China.

Xilun started the OpenStack journey since 2011 with the mission to create a large OpenStack development team in IBM China R&D center as the manager, that was the earliest and largest OpenStack team working on community contribution in China, and had count up to nearly 50% of IBM contribution in 2013. Toady under his leadership EasyStack is one of the key contributors to openstack community in China.

Xilun is one of the earliest open source evangelist who founded OpenStack.cn and K8S.cn which are the most popular platform for Chinese language developers and users today. He is also the initiator of many tech meetups and go-to-market customer workshops that help promoting OpenStack.

Xilun has the faith that open-source as a key momentum in IT can change the world, and he succeed in developing a business model that deliver Open Source value to customer. He is also a leader who has deep insight in cloud technology as well as strong engagement with the market especially in China

 



 

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