The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) is the primary decision-making forum for Linaro development projects. Its purpose is to:

  • Set the overall direction and technical strategy for Linaro
  • Coordinate strategy across the multiple segment groups, ensuring technical alignment between Linaro members, the core and product engineering teams and Linaro segment groups
  • Oversee engineering activities

The TSC allows members to have a say in the technical direction Linaro should take and the projects Linaro should invest in. All proposals from the engineering teams are reviewed, modified and approved by the TSC, which then advises the Executive Management Team (and through it the Board) on the key technological and operational matters associated with achieving Linaro’s objectives.

The TSC is co-chaired by the CTO and the VP of Engineering and consists of one representative from each Core and Club member and an elected representative for each segment member group.

Committee Members / Associate Members / Guests Members

Committee Members

Bill Mills / Texas Instruments

Bill’s computing experience began at age 15 when he soldered together his first computer. It had a hex keypad and 256 bytes of memory. Bill maintains that this was the high point of his technical achievement and everything else has been a downward slide.

Bill is Chief Technologist for Open Source Solutions and Distinguish Member of Technical Staff. Since 2007 Bill has been working to ensure that TI is acting as a member of the open source community. He acts as a representative for TI in various open source communities and advocates for open source concerns and methods within TI.

Bill has been developing software professionally for over 25 years. Prior to his current position, Bill has a wide variety of experience. Examples include being the system architect for TI’s high density voice gateways and for multiple TI SOCs, technical lead for an in-house real-time executive, and sole developer for a windowed source level debugger for an emulator with trace and hardware break and watch points. In his current position Bill started TI’s open-embedded based Arago-project and is the technical lead for the linux-c6x project that has brought uCLinux to TI’s C6000 DSPs. Bill is a member of the Yocto Project Advisory board.

Bryan Huntsman / Qualcomm

Bryan Huntsman is a Senior Director at the Qualcomm Innovation Center and is responsible for Linux Kernel development on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for mobile and IoT markets. Over the past nine years, he has set up a team of engineers and engineering processes that contributed to the launch of over a billion Android devices. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Bryan spent 10 years in the telecommunications industry working as a SW/FW developer for embedded, real-time systems. Bryan has a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.

Eric Finco / STMicroelectronics

Eric Finco is Senior Engineering Director at ST-Microelectronics heading up Linux kernel development as well as hardware/software applications for digital consumer products. He has almost 25 years experience in telecom and embedded software and systems at Philips, NXP, ST-Ericsson and ST-Microelectronics and has worked for 18 years in the Arm software and hardware ecosystem. Eric graduated from Paris XI- Orsay University and the Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG) in France.

David Rusling / Linaro

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 its CTO in 2010.

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

Jarmo Hillo / LNG Representative, NSN

Jarmo Hillo is a Head of Processor Technology at Nokia Bell Labs Research. Currently Jarmo is responsible for processor and networking technology in Nokia. Jarmo is one of the founders and a board member in OpenFastPath open source community project. He is also a Steering Committee member in Linaro Networking Group.

Jarmo has a long international career at Nokia in various technology and architecture leadership positions. His main technology focus has been with processors and networking for over 20 years. He had a key role in bringing embedded multi core networking SoC technology to Nokia. Jarmo holds M.Sc degree in Telecommunications from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

Jon Masters / LEG Representative, Red Hat

Jon Masters is Chief Arm Architect at Red Hat, where he works on the Fedora Arm project. Masters has been a Linux developer for more than 17 years, since beginning university at the age of 13. He is the author of a number of books on the Linux operating system, including “Building Embedded Linux Systems,” and the upcoming “Porting Linux.” An accomplished musician and hiker, he also enjoys unicycling among his many other hobbies.

Kenneth (Liguozhu) Lee / Hisilicon

Kenneth Lee is the chief software architect of Hisilicon. He has more than 14 years experience on OS and OS middleware design and development. He has worked on OS area for most of HUAWEI products which include wideband/Narrowband switches, routers, mobile phones, wireless stations, core network servers, etc. He is also the architect of HUAWEI’s first Linux distribution for lots of embedded telecom devices.

Thomas Molgaard / Arm

Thomas Molgaard is Director of Technology Management in the Open Source Software group at Arm, based in Cambridge (UK). Together with his team of Software Product & Technology Managers, he is setting the direction for Arm’s open source software activities across all segments. He has been involved with Linaro on behalf of Arm since 2013 on multiple steering committees. Before joining Arm, he worked with mobile software platforms for Nokia R&D and the Nokia CTO Office with postings in Denmark, China, USA and Brazil.

Mark Orvek / EVP Engineering, Linaro

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.

Kiyoshi Owada / Socionext

Xing Wei / Hisilicon

You Changhai / ZTE


Andrea Gallo / VP of Segment Groups, Linaro

Andrea Gallo is the VP of Segment Groups. Prior to this Andrea was very much involved with Linaro as part of our Technical Steering Committee. He was awarded this role with Linaro due to his great work as a Fellow and Chief Architect with ST-Ericsson. Andrea joined STMicroelectronics in 1995 and covered many roles and products, including the world first dial-up 56kbps USB Pegas.usB softmodem in 1998, the world first ADSL USB/PCI controllerless modem in 2000 and many products and prototypes based on ST Nomadik Application Processor. Andrea set up and managed STM Linux Software Platform team in Bangalore, including recruitment and software engineering process, and then moved into ST-Ericsson when the JV between ST and Ericsson Mobile Platform was created. As a teenager, Andrea wrote software in Basic, Z80 and Arm assembler and C published by English and Italian magazines and Public Domain Libraries and also attended two summer time trainee programs in July 1987 and 1988 at Acorn Computers in Cambridge (UK) on the just released Arm2 processor, few years before the creation of Arm Ltd itself.

Li Gong / Chief Executive Officer

Li Gong is a globally experienced technologist and executive, with deep background in computer science, research and product development, and open source technologies. He has worked in senior leadership roles extensively in the US and in Asia, having served as President and COO at Mozilla Corporation, General Manager at Microsoft, as well as Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems and Distinguished Scientist at SRI International. He graduated from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and received a PhD from University of Cambridge. In 1994 he received the Leonard G. Abraham Prize given by the IEEE Communications Society for “the most significant contribution to technical literature in the field of interest of the IEEE.”

Francois Ozog / Director of LNG, Linaro