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.
Christopher (Duffy) Fron
Duffy is a business leader at IBM with over 20 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 leads Global Business Partner sales for IBM's Social & Smarter Workforce Solutions. 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.
Bryan J Smith
Bryan J Smith first deployed and contributed to open source software in the '90s as an engineer, supporting CAM, EDA and HPC on Linux. He transitioned into IT consulting and training with the new millennia, working at leading embedded and enterprise Linux vendors.
Mr. Smith’s enterprise experience has focused on open source-based infrastructure in large scale (10K+ instance) data centers; primarily financial services and public sector. His work in the Americas includes some of the first and largest OSS storage, VDI and related IaaS, PaaS and DevOps solutions on behalf of several industry leaders.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science, holds four dozen (48) IT certifications from a dozen (12) different programs, and has been involved with the development of several, including LPI, for over a decade.
A contributor to the Free Software community since 1979, Bdale's background also includes many years of hardware design, Unix internals, and embedded systems work. He was an early participant in the Debian project, helped port Debian GNU/Linux to 5 architectures, served as Debian Project Leader, then chairman of the Debian Technical Committee for nearly a decade, and remains active in the Debian community.
In 2012, Bdale retired from HP, where he served as Chief Technologist for Open Source and Linux. After briefly working for Samsung as an open source advisor, Bdale returned to HP in 2014 as an HP Fellow in the Office of the CTO where for 25 months he led HP's open source strategy work before returning to retirement late in 2016.
For a decade, Bdale served as President of Software in the Public Interest. He served nearly as long on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation representing individual affiliates and the developer community. Bdale currently serves on the boards of the Freedombox Foundation, Linux Professional Institute, and Aleph Objects. He is also a member of the Evaluations Committee at the Software Freedom Conservancy, and continues to speak at Linux and open source conferences from time to time.
In 2008, Bdale became the first individual recipient of a Lutece d'Or award from the Federation Nationale de l'Industrie du Logiciel Libre in France.
With more than 500,000 exams delivered, LPI is the world’s first and largest vendor neutral Linux and open source certification body. Delivering exams in 9 languages, with over 400 training partners, and certified professionals in over 180 countries, LPI is also the global certification standard and career support organization for open source Professionals.
LPI’s distribution neutral certification shows Linux versatility. This means that rather than being limited to one particular vendor technology, LPI professionals are capable of working with multiple open source technologies – mirroring the environments they will experience on the actual job.
Our multi-level track verifies cert holders have the most comprehensive breadth and depth of Linux and open source knowledge. Our certifications are valid for 5-years, longer than most competitors.
LPI certification is internationally recognized, which means cert holders can be employed anywhere in the world with the same verified skill set, and knowledge.
LPI is the only certification separate from training, providing the necessary objectivity for true skills verification. It’s also the only exam and certification based on psychometrics as well as being community sourced and verified.
LPI certification doesn’t just say you have the skills, it proves you have the skills.
LPI certification is like professional insurance. When a candidate is properly trained and verified through certification, they are less likely to make a mistake and cost the company money. They are also more efficient in completing projects, managing systems, and solving problems quickly. Why hire an employee when you can hire a professional expert?
open source Jobs Report 2016
CompTIA HR Perception of IT Training and Certification study found that:
90% said IT certifications enable employees to learn faster when starting a new job.
91% believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring process and that IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee.
60% use certifications to confirm subject matter expertise.
91% think IT certifications save time and resources in evaluating a potential IT job candidate.
89% believe certified employees are more likely to stay with their organization than non certified employees.
67% use certifications to measure a candidates willingness to work hard and meet a goal.
What are the most important open source skills according to hiring managers?
- 51% Cloud technologies (OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, etc)
- 21% Network technologies
- 14% Security
- 8% Containers
- 7% Other
The 2016 ‘The Future of open source’ study by North Bridge and Black Duck found that:
65% of companies leverage open source to speed application development.
55% of companies leverage open source for production infrastructure.
Over 90% of companies say open source improves efficiency, interoperability, and innovation.
33% of companies have a full-time resource dedicated to open source projects.
67% participate in open source to fix bugs or add functionality.
59% participate in open source to gain a competitive edge.