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Executive Team at Linaro
Listing of Linaro's management team members and biographies
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Li Gong
Chief Executive Officer
Li 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.”
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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.
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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.
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Joe Bates
General Manager and VP of 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.
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Mark Orvek
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.
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Andrea Gallo
VP of Membership Development at Linaro
Andrea joined the Linaro Technical Steering Committee in 2010 as an ST-Ericsson Fellow before becoming a Linaro employee in 2012 as the Director of the Linaro Enterprise Group (now known as the Linaro Data Center and Cloud Group). He then went on to work as the VP of Segment Groups and Strategic Initiatives before taking on his current VP of Membership Development role. Prior to Linaro, Andrea worked at STMicroelectronics, leading the development of the world’s first USB ADSL soft-modem with WHCL certification. He also set up ST Linux teams in Noida and Bangalore for the smartphone application processors division. Andrea holds a University Degree in Telecommunication and speaks fluent French and English, in addition to his native Italian.

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.

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