REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SpikeSource, a provider of
open source software testing, certification and support, announced today that
Bill Joy has joined the company's board of directors and that it has hired two
new executives to oversee core business areas. Joaquin Ruiz has joined as
vice president of product marketing and Anders Tjernlund as vice president of
"The SpikeSource board of directors and I are pleased to announce these
additions to our board and executive team," said SpikeSource's CEO Kim Polese.
"By assembling this robust team we are able to deliver unparalleled value to
our customers as we help them navigate the adoption of open source
applications into their IT infrastructures."
Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, led Sun's technical strategy as
the chief scientist from the company's inception in 1982 until 2003. He played
a key role in the development of Solaris, SPARC, chip architectures and
pipelines, and Java. Joy joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner
in January 2005.
"It is truly my pleasure to join SpikeSource's board of directors," said
Joy. "It's evident that open source applications have progressed to the point
they are ready for widespread enterprise adoption and that SpikeSource offers
a suite of services that will help enterprises effectively and efficiently
adopt and maintain open source software."
As the vice president of product marketing, Joaquin Ruiz is responsible
for SpikeSource's product strategy. Prior to joining SpikeSource, Ruiz was
senior vice president of marketing at Liquid Systems, a next generation
messaging independent software vendor. Previously, he was vice president of
marketing and product management at Sistina Software (acquired by Red Hat in
2003) where he drove the company's product roadmap, marketing strategy, and
enterprise adoption. Sistina delivered the leading cluster file system for
Linux and the open source community's default logic volume manager (LVM).
Prior to this, he held senior management positions at Hewlett-Packard, where
he grew HP's high-availability (HA) software business to over $100 million in
annual revenue, and created and launched HP's "5 nines" HA program with Cisco,
Oracle and EMC.
Anders Tjernlund joins SpikeSource as vice president of support services.
Tjernlund will leverage his experience as the senior director of worldwide
support operations and strategy at BEA systems to develop SpikeSource's
support services. He will be managing the global customer support team,
developing support services, working with customers to fulfill their services
contracts, and building out SpikeSource's online support offerings. While at
BEA Systems, Tjernlund's responsibilities spanned the product management of
BEA's customer support offerings, offshore teams, pricing, eSupport, and
knowledge management and strategy. Previously, Tjernlund held senior
marketing, strategy and business development positions at Hewlett-Packard's
worldwide services and support organization in Europe and in the United
SpikeSource was founded in 2003 to help accelerate the adoption of open
source in the enterprise. The company provides free tested and certified open
source software stacks, sells update and technical support service to
enterprises, certifies commercial software for use in open source
environments, and provides free testing and certification services for open
source projects. For more information visit http://www.spikesource.com.