Steering Committee Members

The Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering Committee consists of one representative from each of the member companies who support CII. These members work closely with the Advisory Board to help identify projects and developers in need of support; approve specific funding commitments; oversee project roadmaps and select new members for the Advisory Board.

Steering Committee members include:

  • Blake Matheny

    Engineering Director, Facebook

    Blake Matheny is an engineering director at Facebook where he works on everything from Linux kernel development, to load balancers, to mobile software. Prior to joining Facebook, Blake was VP of Infrastructure at Tumblr where he focused on building backend infrastructure and improving site reliability. Blake has been doing infrastructure development for most of the past 15 years and is currently enamored with C++14, container based virtualization, and experimental networking protocols. Blake lives outside San Francisco with a cat that hates him, his wife, and their collection of books. You can check out his blog at

  • Don "Beetle" Bailey

    Principal Security Engineer at Amazon Web Services

    Don "Beetle" Bailey is a Principal Security Engineer at Amazon Web Services.

  • Eileen Evans

    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud and Open Source, HP

    Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud and Open Source for Hewlett-Packard Company. In her role, Eileen leads and manages legal support for cloud computing and legal and program management support for open source at HP. Eileen also leads HP's Open Source Program Office and manages open source evangelists, engineers and program managers responsible for driving the implementation of HP's open source strategy and open source community engagement. Eileen represents HP on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, and actively participated as a Founding Member of the OpenStack Foundation Drafting and Formation Committee.

  • Graham Holmes

    Senior Director, Security Research Engineering, Cisco

    Graham is the Senior Director, Security Research Engineering at Cisco.

  • Iain Mulholland

    Vice President Engineering, VMWare

    Iain Mulholland is the Vice President Engineering at VMWare.

  • Imad Sousou

    Vice President Software and Services Group, General Manager Intel OTC

    Imad Sousou is vice president of the Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, a position he's held since its founding in 2003. Sousou is responsible for Intel's efforts in open source software across a wide range of technologies and market segments, including enterprise Linux and related technologies such as virtualization, data center, and cloud software; embedded market segments; and client Linux programs. The Center also focuses on operating system (OS) stacks, including Android and Chrome OS for Intel architecture and Yocto, in addition to Linux kernel and related projects, user experience, and Web and HTML5 technologies on top of client operating systems. He sits on the board of directors at the OpenStack Foundation and is on the advisory board for the Core Infrastructure Initiative at The Linux Foundation.

    Sousou joined Intel in 1994 as a senior software engineer. Before moving into his current role, he was director of telecom software programs in the Intel Communications Group and director of client software engineering in the Home Products Group. He began his career as a software engineer at Central Point Software working on system utilities for the Apple Mac OS. Intel has twice honored Sousou with the Intel Achievement Award; in 2007 for his role in the agreement with Sun Microsystems on Open Solaris, and in 2011 for leadership through open source solutions. Sousou holds a bachelor degree in computer science and mathematics from Portland State University.

  • Josh Ament

    Product Security Leader, NetApp Inc.
  • Kevin Fleming

    Member of the CTO Office, Bloomberg

    Kevin is a member of the CTO office at Bloomberg.

  • Mark Cartwright

    Group Program Manager, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft

    Mark Cartwright is a Group Program Manager in Microsoft TwC Security.  His group is responsible for working with the Microsoft engineering teams in applying a high level of security engineering to products and services in both development and operations.  His responsibilities also include corporate security strategies and policies that apply to Microsoft’s products and Cloud services. 

    Mark Cartwright has been at Microsoft for 12 years, prior to taking his current position in Redmond, he was a Practice Manager in Microsoft UK’s consulting business. Before joining Microsoft, Mark was Chief Technology Officer at a major web hosting and global domain name management company managing highly available, highly secure customer facing websites for a variety of clients from small/medium to large corporate. He previously worked as IT Director at a UK multi utility company.  There he supported a diverse range of technologies running business critical systems. He has an MSc in Information Systems and has Masters level certification in the IT Infrastructure Library standard.

  • Mark Charlebois

    Director of Open Source Software Strategy, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

    Mark Charlebois is a Director of Open Source Software Strategy at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm, Inc. He has been developing software for Unix, Linux and embedded systems for more than 20 years. Charlebois joined Qualcomm in 1999, and has worked in R&D, GlobalStar, MediaFLO, QuIC, and most recently in R&D again on robotics. Charlebois is an Open Source strategist and evangelist for Qualcomm and serves on the boards of the Linux Foundaton and the Dronecode Project. Prior to Qualcomm, Charlebois worked at LMI in greater Vancouver, designing laser scanners. He also worked for CGI in Toronto as a real-time systems consultant using various Unix systems. Charlebois holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a master’s degree in Engineering Science from Simon Fraser University.

  • Meredith Whittaker

    Founder and Lead, Open Source Research Group, Google

    Meredith Whittaker is the founder and lead of Google's Open Source Research group, which is dedicated to solving hard problems in collaboration with the open source and academic communities. She and her group are currently focusing on open (verifiable!) Internet measurement and research, usable open-source privacy and security tools, open-source "critical infrastructure" and how to keep it healthy (i.e. how do we keep our promises when relying on countless upstream resources?), and the tetchy intersections of ethics and networked systems research -- these things, other things, and the dynamic constellation of social and political issues that attend them. Meredith has a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, and learned most of what she does by doing it.

  • Mike Johnson

    Director, Information Security, Salesforce

    Mike Johnson is the Director, Information Security at Salesforce.

  • Noboru Obata

    Manager, Alliance and Business Development, Hitachi

    Noboru Obata is the Manager, Alliance and Business Development at Hitachi.

  • Steve Hikida

    Director of Application and Data Security R&D, IBM

    Steve Hikida is the Director of Application and Data Security research and development. He is responsible for managing the worldwide research and development organization for the AppScan security portfolio, Key Lifecycle Management products, and cryotography technology all within a key pillar of the IBM Security System Division. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Rational's Security, Automation and Cloud Development and the world wide leader of IBM's Compilation Technology and Application Development Tools. Steve has over 20 years of experience in software development, systems architecture, compilers, development tools, and security. Since joining IBM in 1991, he has held numerous technical and management roles. His expertise includes application security, compilation technologies, computer hardware/software architectures, leading large world wide software development organizations and highly complex projects. Steve earned an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics with Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University.

  • Tsugikazu Shibata

    Senior Manager, NEC

    Tsugikazu Shibata is the Senior Manager of NEC and has an extensive background in the development and management of proprietary operating systems, including work with mainframes and super computers. He currently belongs to the Open Source Software Promotion Center of NEC; there he works collaborately with vendors and the open source community. Mr. Shibata has also occupied a senior role in the Linux Foundation's Japan Linux Symposium.

  • Van Lindberg

    VP Technology, Rackspace

    Van Lindberg has worked professionally as an engineer, as a lawyer, and as an executive. He currently has a dual legal/technical role at Rackspace, and has worked out of both the legal department and the Office of the CTO. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named Van as one of "America's Top 12 Techiest Attorneys." On the legal side, Van leads Rackspace's Intellectual Property program, directing Rackspace's strategy and policy around patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and open source matters. Van also heads Rackspace's lobbying efforts relative to patent reform. On the technical side, Van runs Rackspace's technical leadership corps, known internally as the "TCT." Van also works in technical strategy and ecosystem engagement at Rackspace, identifying emerging technologies, separating out differentiating versus non-differentiating product elements, and using open source strategies to be more competitive. Previously, Van worked at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, where he wrote "Intellectual Property and Open Source," published by O'Reilly and Associates, and grew an open source practice helping businesses with everything from open source compliance to business strategy. In addition to Van's open source practice, he did IP transactional work, patent prosecution, litigation, and post-grant actions (ex parte and inter partes reexams/reviews). Van currently serves as chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, on the board of the OpenStack Foundation, and as the chair of the Docker Governance Advisory Board.

  • Yoshia Eto

    Director, Fujitsu

    Yoshiya Eto is a director at Fujitsu and has been involved in operating systems at Fujitsu including development and development management of Fujitsu proprietary operating systems and Linux. For over ten years he has been leading Linux community engineers in Fujitsu and working with Linux community. This team is one of the biggest contributors to the Linux kernel and is continuously contributing patches to improve feature and stability of Linux for enterprise usage. In addition, Eto is also leading core engineering team for enterprise customer support through collaboration with distributor and community. This team has been providing highly reliable customer support to mission critical customers.