Why SUSE

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

Why SUSE?

  • 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.

Nils 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. Nils has considerable leadership experience in due diligence and integration processes associated with mergers and acquisitions. Nils holds a diploma in Safety Engineering from the University of Wuppertal in Germany.

Enrica Angelone | Chief Financial Officer

Enrica Angelone serves as Chief Financial Officer for SUSE. In this role, she is responsible for worldwide finance, tax and treasury operations, customer operations, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, global real estate, procurement and travel.

Enrica brings a wealth of experience in leading finance functions. She has been a CFO for more than 13 years, most recently at Octo Group S.P.A. She has managed a range of corporate activities, including mergers and acquisitions and company exits, as well as transformational change and operational leadership. She also brings experience in private equity backed businesses.

Enrica holds a Master’s degree in Economics from LUISS University, in Rome Italy.

Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo | President of Engineering, Product and Innovation

As President of Engineering, Product and Innovation, Thomas drives the rapid innovation and growth of SUSE’s expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to software-defined products such as the OpenStack cloud infrastructure, Ceph-based storage, software-defined networking as well as solutions for developers such as Kubernetes container management and Cloud Foundry platform as a service.

Thomas has more than 20 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.

Thomas holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Geneva.

Ronald de Jong | President of Sales

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

Ronald has over 20 years of experience in business development and sales oriented positions in the IT industry. In 2006, Ronald 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.

Michael Miller | President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing

As President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing, Michael is instrumental in developing the SUSE business strategy. He carries responsibility for business development, strategic alliances and also leads the SUSE marketing functions.

Michael 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. Michael applies a practical and results-driven approach to building teams, creating alliances, and developing solutions for the enterprise market.

Michael 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.

Sander Huyts | Chief Operations Officer

Sander Huyts has more than 20 years of experience in Global IT Management. Kicking off his career in consultancy, he then moved into sales management across Europe. In 2012, he joined SUSE Software Solutions and led sales growth in EMEA. Following his success in EMEA, Sander took on responsibility for Worldwide Customer Renewal Sales. With his significant knowledge and expertise of the SUSE business, Sander was appointed as the first Chief Operations Officer of SUSE in late 2018. He now leads a new portfolio, designing and delivering the infrastructure of enterprise wide operations services to the SUSE business.

Sander holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit and an Engineering degree from the HTS elektrotechniek, both in Amsterdam.

Steve Gilliver | Vice President of HR

Steve Gilliver currently oversees HR for SUSE. He has more than 20 years of HR experience in the IT, media, aerospace and construction business. Previous roles included vice president of HR and Head of Talent for Micro Focus, a UK IT Company. Steve has also been Group HR Director of one of the UK’s leading media companies and Senior Director of HR for Dell. He has led international teams in large UK- and US-based companies across the spectrum of HR, providing consulting advice to executive-level leaders.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University.

Felix Imendoerffer | VP of Legal

Felix Imendoerffer is the Vice President of Legal at SUSE. He studied Law at the University of Bayreuth where he in parallel to his first State Examination also graduated in supplementary studies of Economics for Lawyers (degree: Wirtschaftsjurist).

Thereafter, Felix passed his second State Examination at the Higher Regional Court Nuremberg, including a 3-month stage at an international commercial law firm in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland.

After 3 years working as a lawyer in an IP law firm, Felix joined SUSE in 2001. Since joining, he is accompanying SUSE through this exciting journey. Based on his sales- and solution-oriented approach, Felix focuses on supporting the SUSE business.

Patricia Tobin | Chief of Staff

Patricia Tobin serves as Chief of Staff at SUSE, focusing on cross-functional business collaboration and promoting continuous improvement that supports the culture of execution discipline across the organization. Her responsibilities include creating and facilitating processes and activities to ensure that growth initiatives and strategies are translated into plans that are then successfully executed.

Patricia draws on 15+ years of experience leading successful sales, business development, field marketing and channel partner programs for top organizations within the enterprise software space. Most recently, Patricia was a partner programs director at Micro Focus, where she led a globally distributed partner operations team responsible for supporting partners worldwide. Patricia has significant experience driving integration projects involving mergers and acquisitions. She is a strong advocate for “thinking globally” and is committed to customer and partner success.

Patricia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida and a Master of International Business degree from Seattle University.

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 Global Channels

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Phillip Cockrell  |  VP Global Channels

As Vice President of Global Channels, 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.

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