AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Individual Members of the OpenStack Foundation today elected eight members to the Foundation Board of Directors. The election completes the selection of all 24 Directors for 2015, and the Directors will be seated during a January 28 Board meeting.
Members of the OpenStack Foundation also approved three bylaw revisions in the election completed today. The key revision helps clarify the definition of OpenStack as the board has worked over the last year on interoperability across the commercial ecosystem.
The OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors provides oversight of the Foundation and its budget, strategy and goals consistent with its mission. The 24-person Board is composed of eight Individual Directors elected by the Individual Members, eight directors elected by the Gold Members and eight directors appointed by the Platinum Members.
Twenty seven candidates ran for eight Individual Director positions. Voting in the Individual Member Director election for the 2015 Board of Directors opened on Monday, January 12, 2015, and closed today at 17:00 UTC. Nominations took place between November 24 and December 12, 2014. Board members serve a one-year term.
Individual Member Directors represent the Individual Members of the Foundation. They are a link between the more than 18,000 members of the Foundation and the Board. The 17 Gold Member organizations also held an election in January to elect eight representatives to represent their Member class on the Board.
Members of the 2015 Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation are (alphabetical by last name):
Individual Directors – Tim Bell of CERN, Russell Bryant of Red Hat, Alex Freedland of Mirantis, Rob Hirschfeld of RackN, Vishvananda Ishaya of Nebula, Kavit Munshi of Aptira, Egle Sigler of Rackspace and Monty Taylor of HP.
Platinum Member Directors – Alan Clark of SUSE, Eileen Evans of HP, Toby Ford of AT&T, Van Lindberg of Rackspace, Mark McLoughlin of Red Hat, Todd Moore of IBM, Imad Sousou of Intel and John Zannos of Canonical.
Gold Member Directors – Simon Anderson of Dreamhost, Robert Esker of NetApp, Tristan Goode of Aptira, Steven Hallett of Symantec, Chris Kemp of Nebula, Boris Renski of Mirantis, Sean Roberts of EMC and Lew Tucker of Cisco.
In addition to the Individual Director election, three bylaws changes were approved by the membership:
1. A revision to the OpenStack trademark policy that permits the adoption of DefCore procedures and any changes to those procedures in the future.
2. An expansion of the Legal Affairs Committee, which had been limited to five members. Now, the Board can set the criteria for membership on the Committee, with no limit on committee size.
3. A revision to the quorum requirement to amend certain sections of the bylaws.
More information on the amendments can be found at the Foundation wiki.
OpenStack is the most widely supported open source software for building public and private clouds. OpenStack clouds enable businesses to rapidly roll out new products, add new features, and improve internal systems while preventing technology lock-in. Hundreds of the world’s largest brands rely on OpenStack to run their businesses.
OpenStack is backed by the independent OpenStack Foundation and a global community of more than 17,000 individual members and 430 supporting organizations across 140 countries. For more information and to join the community, visit http://www.OpenStack.org.