The name Alan Clark is a familiar one to those who follow open source governance. Clark sits on the Board of Directors at the Linux Foundation. He was also the former Chairman of the Board of the openSUSE Foundation, and Clark was recently selected to be the first Chairman of the newly formed OpenStack Foundation Board.
In an exclusive interview with InternetNews, Clark explained what his role is at the OpenStack Foundation and how he sees the open source cloud effort moving forward from a governance perspective. OpenStack is a multi-stakeholder effort that includes over 5,600 individual members and major corporate members including: Cisco, Dell, Intel, AT&T, HP, IBM, Rackspace, Red Hat, SUSE and Canonical.
The OpenStack Foundation was officially formed at the end of September in an effort to provide open and transparent governance for the project. As part of the governance structure there is the Board of Directors, which is made up of 24 members.
Clark became the Chairman of Board of Directors at the first meeting of the OpenStack Foundation that occurred at LinuxCon in August.
“During that meeting, one of the action items was to elect a Board chair from amongst the Board members,” Clark said. “The Board decided to elect me at the chair and Lew Tucker from Cisco as the Vice-Chair.”