The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), an advocacy group that promotes Linux use in corporate computing, has hired a 22-year IT veteran as its chief executive officer.
Stuart Cohenreplaces interim CEO Jerry Greenberg, who will remain on the OSDL board.
Cohen, 43, previously served as vice president of marketing and business development and as a corporate officer at embedded systems vendor RadiSys, where his responsibilities included strategic partnership development.
He also worked as vice president of worldwide marketing for projection supplier InFocus, and for 17 years at IBM, where he held senior positions in sales and marketing in the personal computer and networking divisions, with international experience in Europe, Southeast Asia and China.
Cohen said he has been meeting with the group's sponsor members, which include IBM, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates International, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Red Hat and SuSE Linux, to find out what the IT world still needs to do to promote Linux within the business community.
One move Cohen said he would like to make is to create an industry council made up of analysts, journalists and representatives of software and infrastructure companies, who would be able to share their insights about what they are hearing about Linux from suppliers and customers in the market.
The OSDL provides engineering and technical assistance to Linux developers worldwide, with state-of-the-art data centres in Japan and the US. The OSDL also co-ordinates technical working groups focused on hardening Linux for data centre and carrier-grade computing environments. group's leadership role in championing Linux-based development projects for business-critical applications.