We’re delighted two new members to the Open Knowledge Foundation Board: Jane Silber and Gavin Starks. Jane is currently CEO of Canonical the company behind Ubuntu, while Gavin is Founder and Chairman of AMEE, the provider of Environmental Intelligence using Open Data.
At the same time we can also announce that long-time Board member Jordan Hatcher is planning to stand down from the board some time over the next few months. Jordan has made a tremendous contribution to the organization during his time on the board and we’ll be sad to see him go and we wish him well in all his future endeavours.
Jane Silber is CEO of Canonical. Canonical produces Ubuntu, the leading open source platform for client, server and cloud computing. Canonical also provides services to the IT industry to bring Ubuntu-based products to market, and to enterprise and consumer users to maximise their Ubuntu experience. Before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2010, she served as Canonical’s COO and has helped lead the company through periods of dramatic. Jane has over 20 years of business development, strategic leadership, operations and software management experience. She holds an MBA degree from Oxford University, an MSc degree in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University, and a BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Haverford College.
Gavin Starks is Founder and Chairman of AMEE. He is a successful serial entrepreneur with 20+ years’ industry experience. Prior to AMEE, Gavin was CEO of CI, a world-class digital content distribution company, which he grew over 15x in 3 years. Previously, he founded Tornado Productions, which he sold to Servecast in 2003, and was the fifth member of Richard Branson’s Virgin Net team in 1995. Gavin holds a B.Sc. in Astronomy and a M.Mus. from Glasgow University.