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
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.
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
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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