Canonical picks open-source leader for COO
Feb 06, 2010, 12:02 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"When Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, the company behind
Ubuntu, stepped down and former COO (chief operating officer) Jane
Silber moved up, there was concern that the popular Linux company
might suffer from a lack of corporate leadership. Worry no more.
Open-source industry veteran and leader Matt Asay has joined
Canonical as its new COO.
"As the COO, Asay's job will be make sure operational activities
match up to the company's strategic goals and make sure that
day-to-day operations go smoothly. He will also head up Canonical's
"Asay is extremely well known and respected in open-source
business and technology circles. His career started with Linux in
the 1990s when he was general manager at Lineo, an early embedded
Linux software company. From there, he moved to Novell, where he
helped the company move toward Linux, and move open-source away
from its proprietary NetWare operating system."