Meet our Board of Directors
We invite you to meet our board of directors. As a non profit organization, LPI relies on the efforts of numerous staff and affiliates from around the world. We are proud to introduce you to our committed group of volunteers who lead the organization at the board level.
Jon “maddog” Hall
Jon “maddog” Hall is the Chairman of the Board of the Linux Professional Institute. Since 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author and educator, currently working as an independent consultant.
While not a founding member of LPI, he helped formulate some of the concepts and donated personal money to allow the first 200 tests be tested for psychometrics.
Mr. Hall has concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and open source Software.
Mr. Hall has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of open source Software having received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.
Gen Narui is Chairman and founder of LPI-Japan. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Linux Professional Institute since 2000.
He worked as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and later became a board member of DEC-Japan in charge of marketing. Later, he became VP of Education and Consulting Business Unit at DEC in the US in charge of all countries except the US and Europe. He also has served as the Vice President of Silicon Graphics (SGI) in Japan.
Gen graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas.
Christopher (Duffy) Fron
Duffy is a business leader at IBM with over 17 years of technology industry experience who is known for solving clients problems, turning around underperforming business units, designing and building innovative systems, and growing ecosystems in emerging markets.
His skill set includes competencies in gamification, open source, Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and Social Business. He has run sales teams across the IBM SW portfolio and has delivered training throughout the world. As an accomplished and recognized speaker, Duffy has addressed the United Nations and been the key note speaker at several global conferences.
Currently, he runs developer outreach and marketing for developerWorks, reaching 4 million developers a month. Prior to joining IBM, Duffy received his Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird and his Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University.
Evan Leibovitch is a co-founder of LPI, author of its charter, and first Chair of its Board.
A social entrepreneur and community builder, Evan has been heavily involved in the worlds of open source software, Internet Governance, open standards and open access to technology. He is currently Community Technology Access Coordinator for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). He also serves as a Director (and was a co-founder) of the Internet Society Canada Chapter, and has played key roles advocating the public interest within ICANN, WSIS, the ITU and other multilateral bodies and initiatives.
A Toronto native, Evan is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.
C. Scudder Mead
C. Scudder Mead is a Board Member of the Linux Professional Institute. Since 1979, he has been a computer hobbyist, programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, courseware author and educator. Mr. Mead is currently working as a consultant.
Mr. Mead is a founding member of LPI and a prior member of the board, as well as a former Executive Director, CTO and Treasurer. He helped develop most of the concepts, procedures and methodologies used to formulate the LPIC-1 and LPIC-2.
Mr. Mead has concentrated on Unix systems since 1985 and Linux systems since 1993 and was the CTO of Linuxmall/EBIZ during the so called dot-com era.
Mr. Mead is a decorated veteran of the first Gulf War during which he served in forward elements of the 513th MI BDE.
Torsten works as a software engineer for Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH, a Danaher company producing innovative histology systems in order to advance cancer diagnostics. His job involves research and development of embedded Linux solutions and of the related development processes.
He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cooperative Education Mosbach and an MSc Management from the University of Glamorgan Business School. As an “enthGNUsiast”, he champions the Free Software application stack and open standards wherever proprietary operating systems remain. Torsten drives regional LUG activities and spreads the word through articles and talks.