Meet our Board of Directors
We invite you to meet our board of directors. As a non profit organization, Linux Professional Institute (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, Jon "maddog" 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.
Jon "maddog" 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.
He 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 Fron is a business leader with over 20 years of experience in the high tech and telecommunications industries. He is driven by building long-term, mutually profitable relationships with partners to create the technology solutions that exceed customers' expectations. Duffy is known for turning around under-performing businesses, designing and building innovative solutions, and growing ecosystems in emerging markets.
Duffy's passion for Linux and open source technologies goes back over two decades. He was the first Linux Evangelist at IBM responsible for rallying developers around the world to the open source movement. Throughout his career he has promoted Linux and open source as the best way to level the digital playing field and provide technology access to all.
Duffy holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He spent 18 years in sales and marketing leadership roles at IBM, and the last several years leading sales teams in the telecommunication sector at American Tower and Tessco Technologies. Duffy lives in Cary, NC with his wife and their two children.
Dorothy Gordon is a global leader in the field of technology and development with a special focus on Africa. She works to bring about greater engagement and action on policy, implementation and evaluation issues relating to the impact of technology on society. She is a Pan-Africanist and a feminist.
Dorothy is the current Chair of the Inter-Governmental Council for UNESCO's Information for All Programme with a mandate to build a more inclusive Knowledge Society. She is a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence expert working group on innovation and commercialisation. Previously she served on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and worked for many years as a manager with the United Nations Development Programme.
Her commitment to Open Source technologies stems from the fact that they build greater technology ownership, innovation and diversity. As the founding Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT she ensured that the backend systems were run exclusively on Open Source technology. During her tenure the Centre hosted FOSSFA (the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa) of which she was a Council member. Previously on the Board of Creative Commons, Dorothy currently serves on its Advisory Council. She is a strong advocate of the ROAM principles (internet universality) and all dimensions of the Open Movement.
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 has previously served as Community Technology Access Coordinator for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). He was also a 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. He has written more than 100 articles on Linux and the phenomenon of open source.
Evan is currently based in Toronto, Canada
Torsten Scheck works as a software engineer for SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software. As member of the SAP HANA Core team, he is in charge of the toolchain for an innovative, large scale C++ development environment on Linux.
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.
In his spare time, Torsten champions the Rust programming language, Free Software in general and open standards, wherever proprietary operating systems and services remain. He 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.
Bryan'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.
He 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.