Premier Corporate Linux Advocacy Organization Names New CEO
OSDL selects veteran IBM networking and RadiSys telecommunications executive Stuart Cohen for top job
BEAVERTON, OR, April 21, 2003 --- OSDL, a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in enterprise computing, today announced that Stuart F. Cohen has been named Chief Executive Officer. Cohen brings more than 22 years of computer industry business development, sales and marketing experience to OSDL, along with a proven track record of achieving consistent, sustainable growth and market leadership for the organizations he has led.
"Stuart understands the importance and promise of Linux to enterprise customers, open source developers and our sponsors at OSDL," said Ross Mauri, Vice President Development, IBM Systems Group and President of the OSDL Board of Directors. "His front-line experience with data center customers at IBM and his telecommunications industry business development experience at RadiSys give him a unique and valuable perspective to advance the mission of OSDL and build upon our current success."
Backed by Computer Associates, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC and other leading enterprise computing companies, OSDL provides engineering and technical assistance to Linux developers worldwide with state-of-the-art data centers in Japan and the United States. OSDL also coordinates technical working groups focused on hardening Linux for data center and carrier-grade computing environments.
According to market research firm IDC, Linux is expected to be the fastest-growing category in operating system environment revenue over the next five years, with a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent.
"One of the factors slowing the growth rate for Linux has been customer concerns around features important in enterprise computing," said Dan Kusnetzky, Vice President of the System Software search group at IDC. "Organizations such as OSDL have been targeting these issues to help accelerate Linux use in corporations."
"In the last few years I have seen a growing trend driving Linux into the data center and telecommunication environments," Cohen said. "The increasing customer interest and respect for OSDL's mission is what attracted me to this organization. One of my roles will be to broaden our mandate and help bring Linux to an even more receptive customer base."
In accepting the appointment to CEO, Cohen set three major goals for OSDL:
Prior to joining OSDL, Cohen was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and a corporate officer at RadiSys Corporation where his responsibilities included strategic partnership development. Before that he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and as a corporate officer at InFocus Corporation. His industry experience includes 17 years with IBM where he held senior positions in sales and marketing at the personal computer and networking divisions, including international experience in Europe, Southeast Asia and China.
Founded in 2000, OSDL is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Backed by a global consortium of industry IT leaders, OSDL is headquartered outside Portland, Oregon. It provides state-of the-art computing facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL sponsors include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Red Hat, SuSE, Toshiba and VA Software. Visit OSDL on the Web at www.osdl.org.
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