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Leadership

Board Members

The board of directors provides strategic and financial oversight of the project’s resources and staff.

Anshu Agarwal

Anshu Agarwal is currently the head of Solutions and Partner Development for Communications Solutions Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, she is responsible for developing SDN/NFV joint solutions with partners. Prior to HPE, she was VP Marketing & Product Management position at ConteXtream (acquired by HPE), a pioneer in SDN technology. Before that, she held marketing and product leadership positions at several networking companies including Juniper Networks, Ankeena (acquired by Juniper), Level 3 Communications, Akamai, Speedera (acquired by Akamai). Anshu holds a B.S in Electronics from IIT/Roorkee, India; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers, New Jersey; and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Illinois.

Chris Wright (Chairperson)

Chris Wright is the Technical Director of SDN at Red Hat.  During his nearly 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security and virtualization.  He has been a Linux developer for over a decade, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel working on security and virtualization.  He is intrigued by the challenges that cloud computing brings to virtualization and networking, and is now focused on the cloud, KVM and network virtualization.  He lives in sunny Portland, OR where he is happliy hacking on Open vSwitch and OpenStack.

Cliff Young (Treasurer & Silver Member Board Representative)

Cliff Young is the founder and CEO of ClearPath Networks. The organization was founded in 2002 and its NFV-based Virtual Services Platform (VSP) uses innovative Linux Container technology to enable mobile, fixed, and cloud operators to overcome traditional capex, opex, and agility barriers that inhibit innovation and competitive differentiation, while accelerating time to value. ClearPath actively promotes industry standards and open source projects supported by leadership positions in OPNFV, ETSI NFV ISG and similar organizations.

David Meyer

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org) and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org) program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T. Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see www.routeviews.org). Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

David Ward (President)

As CTO and Chief Architect of Engineering at Cisco Systems, David is responsible for defining strategy and leading research and development of new innovation via tight partnerships with customers and academia. He is known in the industry because of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing, high availability, network design, and systems software. He is the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwires. Also, he is leading the work on defining a transport profile for MPLS at the ITU-T. He speaks frequently at the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG), IETF, IEEE and RIPE conferences and collaborates with several university and private research groups, including Stanford, MIT, Cambridge and Tsinghua University. 

David held the roles software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 multi-terabit router & ASR9000; and co-system architect of several next generation routers, line cards, route processors and service blades for multiple routing products in Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio. 

David served as CTO of Platform Systems Division in Juniper Networks, responsible for the switches, routers and data center products in the portfolio as well as the Operating System (Junos) and ASICs. David was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on operating system and next generation routing systems. 

David graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in International Relations, and later received a Ph.D. (ABD) and Master of Science in Forestry from University of Minnesota. 

David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin. 

Francois LeMarchand

Francois LeMarchand is heading Ericsson SDN product & solutions group. He was previously responsible for strategy in Ericsson IP & EPC product line. Before joining Ericsson, Francois headed Consulting Sales Engineering for Redback and held various Product Management and Sales positions at CoSine Communication and Cisco.

Luis Gomez (Committer Member At Large)

Luis Gomez is a Principal Test Engineer in the Open Source Software group at Brocade and has led the Integration Group in OpenDaylight since its creation. Previously, he was a Staff Solution Integration Engineer at Ericsson where he spent more than a decade integrating and testing service provider networks including mobile, broadband and transport solutions. Luis has a Master in Telecommunications Engineering -Radio and Transmission- from Polytechnic University of Madrid and he is passionate about the people and the values of the OpenDaylight and broader open source community.

Mathieu Lemay (COMMITTER MEMBER AT LARGE, SECRETARY)

Mathieu Lemay is CEO of Inocybe Technologies, a company funded in 2005, a SDN pioneer and now specializing in Real World OpenDaylight-based deployment solutions, training and services  and CTO of Civimetrix Telecom a company deploying Open Access Networks. Mathieu has more than 20 years of experience in information technology. At the age of 10 he was programming C++, ADA and x86 ASM and then got involved in networking from the early Bulletin Board Systems to the first commodity Internet. He earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Wireless and Optical Telecommunications. Inocybe Technologies is a member of OpenDaylight since June 2013 and Mathieu is currently a committer to the Docs and Reservation projects. After 9 years at being CEO, Mathieu has acquired intensive knowledge business administration. He is also well versed in financial management of IT resources and assets. 

Neela Jacques (OpenDaylight Executive Director)

As OpenDaylight's executive director, Nicolas “Neela” Jacques works with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures. He oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from governance and technology to community and marketing and reports to the OpenDaylight board of directors. Formerly at VMware, Jacques was part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.

Terry Nakajima (Gold Member Board Representative)

Terry Nakajima is Senior Manager in NEC Corporation of America, leading business strategy and engineering for NEC’s Software defined networking products. As a founding member of NEC ProgrammableFlow product line, he was instrumental in launching the world’s first production ready SDN product in Q2 2011. Prior to ProgrammableFlow, Terry led NEC's strategic corporate alliance for IT platform.  He also has over 10 years of experience in carrier optical network business. Terry holds a Master's degree (Quantum Engineering and Systems) and a Bachelor's degree (Nuclear Engineering), both from the University of Tokyo.

Uri Elzur

Uri Elzur is a director of SDN System Architecture with Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. In this role, Uri is responsible for creating SDN and SDI long term vision, technical strategy, architectures and products for server platforms, working with multiple groups and product divisions.

Uri is a networking specialist with more than 25 years of industry experience and a proven track record of creating innovative product architectures, strategies and intellectual property in Networking, Security and related technologies.

Prior to joining Intel, Uri has held a position of a Sr. Director at Broadcom, managing an architecture team with responsibilities over the company’s NIC architecture and strategy. In that role Uri led multiple innovations in the areas of Virtualization, TCP offload, RDMA, iSER, iSCSI/FCoE and more.

Uri holds many patents, represented his employer in multiple standards organizations and industry consortiums including OpenDayLight, ONF, OpenStack, IETF, IEEE, T.11, DMTF and RDMA Consortium and is the co-author of few RFCs.

Uri holds a BSc EE and MSc EE/CS degrees from the Technion in Haifa, Israel.
 

Staff

Led by Executive Director Neela Jacques, OpenDaylight staff are focused on carrying out the project's mission under the strategic direction of the Board.

An Ho (Release Manager)

An Ho serves as the current Release Manager for OpenDaylight and is also an active contributor to various ODL projects such as the PTL of Unified Secure Channel and committer of NEMO and Armoury.  An is passionate about software defined networking, next generation cloud technology, and Internet of Things.  An believes that open industry collaboration in networking and SDN has the potential to produce significant progress and innovation.  He currently works at Huawei Technologies in enterprise network technologies, and previously worked at Cisco in the emerging technologies group.  An graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Andrew Grimberg (Release Engineer)

Andrew Grimberg is the Release Engineering team lead at The Linux Foundation. Helping to provide common frameworks for continuous integration environments all the way through product releases for the various Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects such as the OpenDaylight Project. He has been doing systems administration and release engineering from city governments, startups and open source for over 15years including nearly 4 years at The Linux Foundation. You will generally find him doing handling the systems administration for the OpenDaylight environment and chatting with folks on IRC with the handle of 'tykeal'.

Balaji Ethirajulu (Marketing Workgroup Chair)

Balaji Ethirajulu is currently Director, Product Marketing at Ericsson. In this role, he is responsible for developing marketing plan & its execution and go to market strategy for SDN, NFV, Orchestration, NMS and network analytics solutions. Prior to this marketing role, he has held various positions at Ericsson in product management, business development, CTO office, systems management, solutions management and services. Before moving to Silicon Valley, he worked in many countries and gained tremendous experience working with global operators in the area of IP, IMS, LTE, 3G, 2G, OSS/BSS and fixed networks. He is also a major supporter of many open source projects and contributes as the marketing chair for OPEN-O, FD-io and ODL. He has received an MBA from University of Dallas with highest honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Telecommunication engineering from Coimbatore institute of technology, India.

Casey Cain (Technical Program Manager)

Casey is the Technical Program Director for the OpenDaylight Project under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, where he works on community development and all aspects of release management. His extensive background in networking, Linux, and open source spans positions at companies such as Intel, where he was network validation engineer, to Google Fiber, where he acted as Technical Program Manager and owned all aspects of experimental programs. While at Google Fiber, Casey helped to develop and deploy the first HTML5 cloud-based UI and second generation CPE hardware. He is veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and currently acts as the IT Systems Administration for the Army National Guard. In addition, he is a recipient of several combat awards and a Meritorious Service medal for thousands of hours of community service. In his free time Casey enjoys scotch, video games, and physical fitness training. 

George Zhao (Community Manager)

George currently is a senior architect at Huawei Technologies and is contributing his time to the OpenDaylight Project as Community Manager. He was one of the core architect team members for Huawei's SDN Controller before dedicating his time to work for the OpenDaylight community. George also served as Release Manager for OpenDaylight project for the Helium and Lithium releases. Prior to joining Huawei, he had worked in Google for close to six years as a Technical Program Manager and Technical Solution Engineer. George brings years of experience in cloud services, SDN /NFV and open source development from top firms like Huawei, Google, Nortel, Motorola and Cisco. George received a bachelor in E.E. from McGill University and master's from the University of Toronto.

Jill Lovato (PR Manager)

Jill supports PR, AR and social the Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects OPNFV and OpenDaylight. Previously, she supported the Microsoft account at Waggener Edstrom Communications, where she launched three versions of Windows and sunsetted another. While leading the crisis communications and (silicon, carrier and OEM) partner integration teams for the Windows account, other focus areas included anti-piracy, security, and consumer applications. Other past experience includes marketing and PR for both a boutique ad agency and non-profit in Phoenix, Ariz. She started her career at CBS radio, doing stints across sales, promotions and on-air. Jill holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University as well as a Master’s of Business Administration, Marketing, from the University of Phoenix.

Kristi Tan (PR & Marketing Specialist)

Kristi Tan supports the PR and social media efforts for The Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects OpenDaylight and AllSeen Alliance. She also leads the PR efforts for Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Before coming to The Linux Foundation, she worked for various agencies and companies providing public relations, graphic design, marketing and social media support. With strong Oregon roots, Kristi graduated from University of Oregon with her bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism.

Lisa Caywood (Director of Ecosystem Development)

Lisa is responsible for building a strong community of support for the project by bringing together developers, users, IT services providers and members to build, promote and implement innovative and relevant open-source SDN solutions.

Lisa has been involved with the SDN movement since 2011 and with the OpenDaylight Project as an employee of Brocade, a founding member, since 2013. At Brocade, she initiated outbound marketing for the company’s SDN strategy, and launched the company’s OpenDaylight-based controller. Prior to Brocade, she served in a variety of data center and security marketing and communications roles at Cisco, with previous experience in the enterprise software and semiconductor sectors. Lisa holds a B.A. in Asian Studies and English from Tufts University; her senior thesis focused on the role of the technology industry in the political economies of mainland China (PRC) and Taiwan (ROC).

Neela Jacques (Executive Director)

As OpenDaylight's executive director, Nicolas “Neela” Jacques works with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures. He oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from governance and technology to community and marketing and reports to the OpenDaylight board of directors. Formerly at VMware, Jacques was part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.

Pankaj Chawla

Pankaj is the Program Manager for the OpenDaylight Project. She is responsible for the operational aspects of the project. Her focus is on member engagement to help them leverage full potential from the project. She coordinates internal and external activities for the OpenDaylight community. Pankaj comes to Linux Foundation with 15+ years of experience in project and program management. Prior to joining Linux Foundation, she worked at Dell for last 11 years delivering storage, networking products, solutions and IT security services. Prior to Dell she worked at Telco, Web Hosting, Service Provider and Networking companies. She graduated from Georgia Tech University in Industrial Engineering.

Phil Robb (Senior Technical Director)

Phil Robb is senior technical director for OpenDaylight, an open source platform for SDN and NFV. Phil is a widely respected expert in the area of open source strategy, business impact, and governance. He is frequently asked to speak at international technology and business events and he has been consulted by policy makers including the European Commission, and the United States Department of Justice as well as numerous high technology trade organizations. Prior to joining the OpenDaylight, Phil was the director of HP’s Open Source Program Office where he had responsibility for HP’s corporate open source strategy, engagement with the open source community, oversight of the Open Source Review Board, and a variety of software development projects. Phil was focused on open source at HP from 2001 through 2012. Prior to HP, Phil held senior management and technical positions at Critical Path, Fisher Scientific, Motorola and Honeywell-Bull focused on wireless, and wire-line high speed telecommunications software and services. Phil holds a bachelor of science degree in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University and performed graduate studies in Computer Science at Colorado State University.

Thanh Ha (Release Engineer)

As a Release Engineer working on OpenDaylight, Thanh is responsible for helping manage the CI infrastructure as well as doing release engineering work for ODL projects. He is a Project Lead for the autorelease project and contributor to numerous ODL projects. Prior to joining the OpenDaylight project, Thanh was a Release Engineer at the Eclipse Foundation working on the Common Build Infrastructure (CBI) and helped various Eclipse projects migrate their builds over to CBI including the Eclipse Platform Project. Thanh holds a Bachelor of Information Technology - Network Technology degree from Carleton University.