Executive Team

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The management team work with the Technical Steering Committee and Linaro members to translate strategy and resources into deliverables. They are responsible for the operational success of the business and achieve this by managing the “day to day” logistics of running a software engineering company.

Responsibilities include, operational management, alliances and marketing, organizing and chairing the TSC , the management of budgets, recruitment of new members, and event logistics such as The Linaro Connect events. The management team are accountable to the Board.

George Grey / Chief Executive Officer

George, Chief Executive Officer,  joined Linaro in 2010 bringing a wealth of industry knowledge. Prior to joining Linaro George 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. George holds a degree in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University and resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

David Rusling / Chief Technical Officer

David always enjoyed mathematics, but America’s space program together with ‘Star Trek’ made him think that computers were really interesting and so he graduated in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science. At Digital Equipment Corporation he got involved in the port of Linux® to the Alpha processor. This gave him an abiding respect for the power of open source in general and Linux in particular. He worked on StrongARM before moving to ARM where he added tools experience. At ARM he continued to be involved in open source and as a reward for his meddling was made an ARM Fellow. He helped create Linaro, becoming it’s CTO in 2010.

When he’s not being a techno-dweeb, David enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, fine wines and friends.

Rob Booth / Chief Operating Officer

Rob brings a wealth of operational, commercial and financial experience gained in the Technology and Life Science sectors, in the UK and internationally, in environments characterized by rapid growth and change. He has a healthy combination of blue-chip multinational discipline, from holding senior positions in SmithKline, General Electric and Pharmacia, tempered by entrepreneurial flexibility and resourcefulness gained as CEO and CFO of several Cambridge UK start-ups, including as a founder of Synomics a Bioinformatics software engineering company. His public company experience includes CFO of Tadpole Technology when it went public in 1992, where he and George Grey worked together. Rob is passionate about helping build companies and generating maximum value from scarce resources.

Joe Bates / Executive VP Member Services

As EVP of Member Services Joe is responsible for the success of Linaro’s members, overseeing Linaro’s support and services strategy and operations including the direct management of all Linaro member services functions, engagements and Landing Teams.Joe has over 20 years of experience and a hands-on style building and leading exceptional services, support and sales teams that insure customer success and consistently deliver business results at leading technology companies such as Progress Software, BEA Systems, Onesource Information, Object Design and SavaJe Technologies. Joe resides with his family in the Boston area.

Mark Orvek / Executive VP of Engineering

Mark joined Linaro as Director of Working Groups in August 2012. Prior to this he was Vice President of Engineering and Services at MontaVista Software. He joined MontaVista in 1999 as the director of engineering, responsible for new product development focused on making the Linux operating system suitable for embedded systems and embedded applications. He managed the development of key technologies for Linux including multi-architecture platform support, real-time, carrier grade high availability, small footprint, fast boot, power management and most recently the MontaVista Linux 6 Integration Platform. Before MontaVista, he was an R&D Section Manager at Hewlett-Packard (HP), holding various positions including technical field support, development engineer, R&D Project Manager and R&D Section Manager in HP’s business servers and Real-time embedded board computers.  Mark holds BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and in Computer Science from California State University at Dominguez Hills.

Steve Taylor / Marketing Executive Director

Steve is responsible for promoting Linaro value and growing the ecosystem. With over 25 years experience in technology and over 15 of those spent working in Asia, Steve’s career prior to Linaro splits into four areas: software marketing from start-up to pre-IPO, world-leading Taiwanese ODM hardware marketing and sales, online media development for a high-tech daily newspaper, and corporate communications. Fluent in spoken Chinese and rusty in Postscript, Pascal, ASP, typography and color science, Steve has always enjoyed working to help technology companies communicate clearly. Steve resides with his family in Cambridge, UK