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Canonical picks open-source leader for COO

Feb 06, 2010, 12:02 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"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 marketing.

"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."

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