Linux Foundation Adds New Leaders, New Events for 2015

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 04, 2014

Over the past couple of years, The Linux Foundation has emerged as a very influential organization overseeing not only directly Linux-related initiatives, but important technology efforts including building out "The Internet of Everything." This week, the foundation made a series of announcements, including the news that it is expanding its leadership team, and news about events that the foundation will sponsor in 2015. Here is more.

The foundation announced the addition of industry veterans Steve Westmoreland, Laura Kempke, Philip DesAutles and Russell Farnell to its leadership team.  The roles that the leaders will fill are as follows:

Philip DesAutels, Senior Director of IoT and Leader of the AllSeen Alliance

Laura Kempke, Vice President of Collaborative Projects Operations and Marketing

Russell Farnell, Vice President of Finance and Human Resources

Steve Westmoreland, Chief Information Officer

There are also promtions at the foundation, including:  Angela Brown, now senior director of events; Jennifer Cloer, now senior director of communications and community; and Mike Dolan, now senior director of strategic programs.

It will be interesting to see Philip DesAutels take the lead on managing The AllSeen Alliance. The Linux Foundation's Allseen Alliance initiative is billed as "the broadest cross-industry consortium to date to advance adoption and innovation in the 'Internet of Everything' in homes and industry."

We've covered it extensively, and premier level members of the alliance include Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image and TP-LINK. Community members include Canary, Cisco, D-Link, doubleTwist, Fon, Harman, HTC, Letv, LIFX, Lite-on, Moxtreme, Musaic, Sears Brand Management Corporation, Sproutling, The Sprosty Network, Weaved and Wilocity. The alliance also includes Microsoft, AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group, among others.

Separately, the foundation announced its 2015 events schedule, which includes LinuxCon and CloudOpen in North America and Europe, the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, Embedded Linux Conference, Android Builders Summit and ApacheCon. There are new events for 2015, including an open source storage and filesystems conference, Vault, and ContainerCon, focused on the rapidly expanding container industry.

 “Hosting neutral forums where top developer and IT talent can come together to collaborate tomorrow’s biggest innovations is important work that we’re humbled to be able to do for the community and industry,” said Amanda McPherson, CMO and VP of Developer Programs at The Linux Foundation. “With the expansion of Linux and open source to so many industries, we will continue to increase the size and diversity of our events to meet the demands of the industry. We invite you to join us in 2015 for unrivaled opportunities to learn, innovate and collaborate.”

LinuxCon + CloudOpen North America will take place this year in Seattle and will be co-located with the all new ContainerCon, amongst other events including KVM Forum, Linux Plumbers Conference, #MesosCon and Xen Project Developer Summit. LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe will be in Dublin, Ireland, along with Embedded Linux Conference and other events.

 You can find out much more via the 2015 events schedule.