Novell Announces Appointment of Jos Poortvliet as openSUSE Community Manager

July 28, 2010


The openSUSE Project, a worldwide project sponsored by Novell, today announced the appointment of Jos Poortvliet as openSUSE Community Manager starting August 1.

Poortvliet brings several years of community building experience to his new role and will be responsible for continuing to drive and grow the openSUSE project as well as serve as community liaison within Novell.

"We enthusiastically welcome Jos as he takes on his new role working with the openSUSE community to shape the future of the openSUSE project," said Markus Rex, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "We look forward to his involvement in the openSUSE Conference, other community events and activities, as well as promoting openSUSE wherever possible."

With a degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Utrecht, Poortvliet has held several corporate roles including Project Manager at KPN as well as Service Level Manger at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Poortvliet is also a leading member of the KDE Marketing Team and has helped Akademy and the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit attract a vibrant and collaborative audience.

"The opportunity to become part of the international openSUSE community is very exciting. There are a great number of interesting developments going on in the free software world, and openSUSE plays a major role in many of them," said Poortvliet. "I look forward to working with the community to help future growth while finding new directions and ways of nurturing and delivering the openSUSE project's innovative technologies to users and developers around the world."