LPI Announces New President And Director Chuck Mead becomes President, Certification veteran James Lacey joins

Board of Linux community certification group



    BRAMPTON, Ontario, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Linux Professional
 Institute (LPI) today announced the appointment of Chuck Mead as President and
 of James Lacey to the LPI Board of Directors.
     Mead is the LPI's second-ever President, taking over from Dan York.
 One of the original co-founders of LPI in 1998, Mead has served in many
 capacities within the organization, most recently as Director of
 Information Technology. He was also instrumental in the development of LPI's
 first level of certification exams (LPIC1). Outside of LPI, Mead serves as the
 CEO of Moongroup Consulting and was previously CTO of LinuxMall.com
     "Dan York left behind some mighty big shoes to fill. He led LPI from its
 foundation to where it is one of the most successful nonprofits in the Linux
 community. With the help of our excellent Board, our many sponsors and all the
 many volunteers helping us, I look forward to helping LPI reach even higher,"
 said Mead. "LPI will miss Dan's very capable leadership, but we are grateful
 that he had it as long as he did. Thanks, Dan."
     Mead said his first priority as president would be to ensure the timely
 development of the LPI program. "Rolling out Level 2 and updating Level 1 at
 the same time is a significant challenge, but thanks to the strength of our
 staff and volunteers LPI is up to the task. I look forward to working closely
 with our board, staff and volunteers to make LPI the best that it can possibly
 be!"
     At the same time, James Lacey has joined the LPI Board of Directors.
 Lacey, CEO of Bradford Learning, has been involved with LPI since May 1999
 when he joined LPI's industry Advisory Council as a representative from
 CompUSA. He later moved to Linuxcare to head up their educational efforts and
 most recently became CEO of Bradford Learning, a company formed by the spinoff
 of Linuxcare University. Lacey has also been extensively involved in CompTIA's
 A+ and Linux+ certification efforts.
     "We are extremely pleased that Jim will be joining our leadership,"
 said LPI President Chuck Mead. "He brings excellent business and
 organizational experience that will aid in the continued growth and adoption
 of our program as the standard for Linux certification. With our program
 poised to release beta exams for LPI Level 2 within the next 45 days, and
 release the final Level 2 exams by this fall, we have exciting times ahead and
 we are delighted that Jim will be helping us move the organization forward."
     LPI is a Linux community project that has developed the only completely
 independent and vendor-neutral professional certification program for advanced
 Linux system administration. While the project involves hundreds of volunteers
 and a handful of staff located throughout the world, LPI efforts are
 coordinated by a seven-person volunteer Board of Directors.
     Lacey joins the other board members of Jared Buckley, Evan Leibovitch,
 Chuck Mead, Gen Narui, Tom Peters, and Kara Pritchard.
 
     More information and biographies of the LPI Board of Directors can be
 found at http://www.lpi.org/a-board.html.
 
     About LPI...
     The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional
 certification for the Linux operating system independent of software vendors
 or training providers. Established as an international nonprofit organization
 in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops accessible, internationally-
 recognized certification programs which have earned the respect of vendors,
 employers and administrators. LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers
 and professionals throughout the world in many different capacities, and the
 group encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its
 website at http://www.lpi.org. LPI's multi-level program of exams is
 administered globally through 2,300 test centers operated by Virtual
 University Enterprises (VUE), a division of NCS. LPI's major financial
 sponsors are Platinum Sponsors Caldera Systems, IBM, Linuxcare,
 Maxspeed, SGI, SuSE Linux AG and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors
 Hewlett-Packard and Wave Technologies. More information can be obtained at
 http://www.lpi.org
 
     Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States
 and other countries.
 
     "Linux Professional Institute" and the LPI logo are trademarks of
 Linux Professional Institute, Inc.
 
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SOURCE The Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

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