What Does Open Mean to You?

For SUSE, open means more than software. It’s a business model and a culture. Leveraging our Linux heritage, we deliver the truly open open source solutions, flexible business practices, lack of enforced vendor lock-in, and exceptional service and support that your digital transformation demands. Our commitment to open source means adapting it and making it dependable, with highly flexible solutions that are hardened and secured for the most demanding IT environments.

1st Enterprise Open Stack Distribution
25+ Years of Linux Engineering Experience
78% of the Fortune Global 100 use SUSE Linux Enterprise
150+ Support Engineers


  • More than 50% of SUSE employees focus on development and support.
  • There are 8,500 certified applications for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is certified on 13,500+ hardware systems.
  • Two-thirds of SUSE customers give SUSE engineers a perfect score.*
  • SUSE is currently engaged with 100+ open source projects.
  • SUSE has 650 staff actively working in research and development.
  • SUSE support is available globally, 24x7.
* SUSE 2017 customer survey results
“To us, SUSE has always been at the forefront of innovation, and their product offerings have always stood head and shoulders above the rest.”

Our Leaders

Nils Brauckmann | Chief Executive Officer

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

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.

Ralf Flaxa | President of Engineering

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 and Marketing

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.

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo | Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo drives the rapid innovation and growth of SUSE’s expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to software-defined solutions such as the OpenStack cloud infrastructure, Ceph-based storage, and software-defined networking solutions. He engages customers, partners, and open source communities to share and define SUSE’s technological vision.

Di Giacomo has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various global leadership roles in engineering and product innovation, with expertise in open source platforms, development, and support of global information systems and technologies applied to various industries such as telecommunication, hospitality, and healthcare.

Di Giacomo holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Geneva where he was a senior software developer & researcher involved in both academic work and joint corporate projects with international leading enterprises.

Your Local Management Team


Kris Luhrsen

VP North America Sales

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Kris Luhrsen  |  VP North America Sales

Kris Luhrsen is a vice president of sales in North America who motivates and collaborates with sales leaders to drive success and growth at SUSE. With more than two decades of senior sales executive experience, Kris has developed an expertise in enterprise solutions, technologies, software programs, professional services support, service providers and partnerships.

Brent Schroeder

CTO Americas

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Brent Schroeder  |  CTO Americas

Brent Schroeder brings to SUSE over 25 years of technology innovation and development experience in the IT industry. As Americas CTO, Schroeder is responsible for shaping SUSE’s technology and portfolio strategy in support of emerging use cases in areas such as Hybrid Cloud, IoT and AI/ML. He drives the technology relationship with numerous industry partners, participates in open source communities as well as evangelizes the SUSE vision with customers, press and analysts.

Phillip Cockrell

VP Alliance Sales

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Phillip Cockrell  |  VP Alliance Sales

As Vice President of Global Channels and Alliances, Phillip Cockrell carries worldwide responsibility for sales execution across SUSE’s partner-driven markets. This includes strategic software vendors, independent hardware vendors, cloud service providers, global system integrators and SUSE Embedded.


Sales Team

  • Mike Kerr

    Director Partner Sales

  • Joe Felisky

    Director of Sales Engineering for SAP, Storage, Cloud and Containers

  • Jeff Loomis

    Director of Consulting and Services

  • Curt Johnson

    Director US Federal Government Sales, and East Coast Territory

  • Jim Holtwisch

    Director of the Central Territory

  • Tim Houston

    Director of West Coast Territory

  • Maxx Piette

    Director of Canadian Territory



OpenSUSE is an open source community project that is independent of but sponsored by SUSE. It was founded to promote the use of Linux everywhere. The major OpenSUSE projects are Leap, which shares a common codebase with all SUSE Linux Enterprise packages, and Tumbleweed, a rolling-release distribution.

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