Linaro Ltd, the open source collaborative engineering organization developing software for the Arm® ecosystem, announced today that the company has appointed Li Gong as its new CEO.

“I am delighted that the Linaro board has appointed Li Gong as CEO,” said Guy Berruyer, Linaro Chairman, “I am particularly happy to welcome someone with such an amazing background in software technology as well as in-depth business experience in America and Asia.”

Since its founding in June 2010, Linaro has grown significantly to over 20 member companies and 300 engineers working across a wide spectrum of systems and applications for Arm technology. “I am extremely proud of what Linaro and its members have achieved in the last eight years,” said George Grey, outgoing Linaro CEO, “I wish Li Gong and the team continued success, and look forward to close collaboration between my new company and Linaro.”

Li Gong joins Linaro following more than two decades of senior leadership and technical roles at companies including Sun, Microsoft, and Mozilla. In addition to having more than 20 US patents, three books, and numerous technical papers, Li Gong has been involved in open source technologies and collaborative engineering for over twenty years, including his significant contribution and leadership roles for the Java platform and for Firefox/Firefox OS.

“I am excited to join Linaro and look forward to working with the team and member companies to build on what has been created over the last eight years,” said Li Gong, Linaro CEO. “I have sat on the other side of Linaro as a member company and am well aware of the unique value proposition of Linaro. I hope to help bring that to more companies around the world.”

About Li Gong

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.”

About Linaro

Linaro leads collaboration in the Arm ecosystem and helps companies work with the latest open source technology. The company has over 300 engineers working on more than 70 open source projects, developing and optimizing software and tools, ensuring smooth product roll outs, and reducing maintenance costs. Work happens across segments including datacenter & cloud, edge & fog, IoT & embedded, consumer, machine intelligence, telecom & networking, autonomous vehicles, and high performance computing. Linaro is distribution neutral: it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone by working upstream, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low-level fragmentation. The effectiveness of the Linaro approach has been demonstrated by Linaro’s growing membership, and by Linaro consistently being listed as one of the top five company contributors, worldwide, to Linux kernels since 3.10.

To ensure commercial quality software, Linaro’s work includes comprehensive test and validation on member hardware platforms. The full scope of Linaro engineering work is open to all online. To find out more, please visit https://www.linaro.org  and https://www.96Boards.org.