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The Linux Foundation adds three new members to board of directors

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has announced the appointment of three leaders from the technology industry to its board of directors, who will bring a breadth of expertise and insight to the organization creating the largest shared technology investment in history.

The Linux foundation will welcome Erica Brescia, co-founder, and COO of Bitnami; Jeff Garzik, co-founder of Bloq; and Nithya A. Ruff, director of Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. Brescia and Ruff join as At-Large Directors, and Garzik comes on board as the representative of Linux Foundation Silver members, the release stated.

“The Board of Directors and the entire Linux Foundation organization are delighted to welcome Nithya, Erica, and Jeff. They will help guide the strategy of The Linux Foundation, the home to some of the most successful open source projects and largest shared technology investment in history. The open source community at large and our nearly 800 members will benefit from the insight and expertise each of these individuals brings,” Jim Zemlin, executive director of the foundation said.

Brescia has been a dedicated builder of diverse, globally distributed technology and business teams. She held various sales and management positions at T-Mobile, as well as working as a consultant with Chekiang First Bank in Hong Kong. Garzik has long been at the center of developing and commercializing open source software surrounding bitcoin and blockchain. He was also a bitcoin core developer and serves on the board of Coin Center and the advisory boards of BitPay, Chain, Netki and WayPaver Labs. Ruff held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and Eastman Kodak. She has also been a promoter of valuing diverse ways of contributing to open source, such as in marketing, legal and community.

“I’m excited to bring Bloq’s expertise in developing blockchain software to The Linux Foundation,” Garzik said. “Projects like Hyperledger are emblematic of the future of open source: bringing together the efforts of developers to fundamentally alter global finance, digital identity and beyond.”

By Sujha Sundararanjan
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