Board of Directors
The Board is the principal decision making body and focuses on ensuring the organization is moving toward its strategic mission through a combination of industry positioning, key partnerships, membership, and funding.
To maintain separation between long term objectives and nearer term development roadmaps, the Board looks to the management team and the Technical Steering Committee to apply development resources to projects based on the needs of members. The Board is made up of appointed individuals from each Core Member, a Club director representing the interests of all Club members and the CEO. The Board meeting minutes are available to download here. More details can be found in the Foundation's Articles of Association and Rules of Membership.
ARM - Ian DrewIan Drew was appointed as EVP Strategy in August 2011, having previously been EVP - Marketing since July 2008. He joined ARM in July 2005 as VP Segment Marketing. Prior to this, he worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years in various senior management roles around the world including Asia, Europe and the US, latterly as GM of the Russia/CIS office based in Moscow. He was involved in the initial proposal for the creation of Linaro and joined Linaro’s board of directors in April 2012.
Linaro - George Grey
George has led software and hardware technology companies for over 25 years, gaining wide ranging expertise in business strategy, product development, sales and marketing. Early in his career he spent 12 years as founder and then CEO of Tadpole Technology plc, a developer of advanced mobile workstations. More recently at SavaJe, a pioneer of Smartphone operating systems, he developed a deep understanding of advanced software technologies, and worked with partners and customers across the entire mobile industry. George has built a reputation for leading and growing technology companies, and brings to Linaro extensive experience in creating innovative products and solutions for global markets.
Huawei Technology - Peixin Hou
Peixin Hou is in charge of the Mobile Software Division in Huawei Technology. He has more than 15 years experience in the mobile industry and has undertaken various management roles in business, engineering and technical planning. Through his careers in STMicroelectronics, ARM, Vimicro and Huawei, Peixin developed a deep understanding on embedded software, open source management and mobile ecosystem. He is also very experienced in working and collaborating with various partners for different business models. Peixin held a Bachelor degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China and was awarded Ph.D in the field of electronic engineering from University of Surrey, UK.
Texas Instruments - Eric Thomas
Eric Thomas drives software ecosystem and product strategy at Texas Instruments (TI) where he is responsible for identifying, defining, and advocating opportunities to enhance the support for TI's embedded processors. He joined TI's Wireless Business Unit in 2001 working across the mobile industry to internalize advanced software technologies and provide formative leadership for support of Linux, Android and QNX operating systems on TI's OMAP Mobile Application Processors. As TI's Open Source strategic marketing director, Eric worked to enhance development communities and led TI's entry into The Linux Foundation; serving on the foundation's board of directors. In recognition of technical achievement and impact at TI, Eric was elected to Senior Member of Technical Staff in 2005. Early in his career, Eric worked for Ericsson Mobile Communications in emerging technology research and as a lead software engineer for mobile handset products. Eric has a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas.
Club Director - Björn Ekelund, ST-Ericsson
Björn Ekelund is responsible for ecosystem, research and innovation at ST-Ericsson and has been involved with Linaro since its creation. He is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience from mobile handset electronics and software. In 2001 he was one of the founders of Ericsson’s chipset company, Ericsson Mobile Platforms. In 2008 he was instrumental in the creation of the joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics, ST-Ericsson. Through senior management positions ranging from corporate research to marketing, he has been involved in virtually all existing wireless standards. Beside his role at ST-Ericsson he is deeply engaged in the Swedish innovation ecosystem through a number of board positions. Mr. Ekelund holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Lic.Eng. in Telecom Microelectronics, both from Lund University, Sweden. He joined the Linaro board of directors in September 2012.