Established in 1992, SUSE, now part of Micro Focus, is the original provider of the enterprise Linux distribution and the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing.

SUSE Executive Management

Nils Brauckmann, Chief Executive Officer

Nils Brauckmann

As Chief Executive Officer for SUSE, Nils Brauckmann is responsible for all aspects of the SUSE business and worldwide growth. Brauckmann sits as an Executive Director on the Micro Focus board.

Brauckmann has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in cross-functional and international management positions. He first joined WRQ in 1994 (acquired by Attachmate® in 2004) and has held various management roles across Attachmate sales, marketing and support organizations in EMEA. Other companies he has worked for include Novell® and Siemens Nixdorf, where he started his technology career. Brauckmann has considerable leadership experience in due diligence and integration processes associated with mergers and acquisitions. Brauckmann holds a diploma in Safety Engineering from the University of Wuppertal in Germany.

Ronald de Jong, President of Sales

Ronald de Jong

As President of Sales, de Jong carries global responsibility for the development and execution of SUSE’s sales strategy.

de Jong has over 20 years of experience in business development and sales oriented positions in the IT industry. In 2006, de Jong started as General Manager at Novell. Earlier, he worked at Computer Associates as Channel Director, was Director of World Wide Business Partners at Compaq, and managed World Wide Global and Corporate Accounts for HP after its merger in 2000. As General Manager Benelux at Novell, he was responsible for all Novell activities in the Benelux market. In addition he has served as Vice President Data Center, and was responsible for all data center solution sales activities in EMEA.

de Jong holds a degree in electronics.

Ralf Flaxa, President of Engineering

Ralf Flaxa

As President of Engineering for SUSE, Ralf Flaxa is responsible for leading the global team of engineers that develop SUSE solutions.

Flaxa joined and has contributed to the Linux community since 1991, and has over 15 years of international management experience working for global organizations building Linux products. In 2002, he joined SUSE, and later Novell, where he has held various engineering management roles related to the delivery of SUSE solutions, such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE®.

Flaxa holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances & Marketing

Michael Miller

As President of Strategy, Alliances & Marketing, Miller is instrumental in developing the SUSE business strategy. He carries responsibility for business development, strategic alliances and also leads the product management and SUSE marketing functions including sales enablement and training.

Miller has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of global leadership roles, including senior management positions in engineering, product management, marketing, sales, business development and alliances. Miller applies a practical and results-driven approach to building teams, creating alliances and developing solutions for the enterprise market.

Miller holds an MBA from the University of Baltimore, a Master's degree in English from Western Washington University and a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Marquette University.




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