SUSE Appoints Pilar Santamaria as Vice President of AI

May 15, 2024

With IT veteran at the helm, SUSE aims to combine the power of AI and open source for enterprises


SUSE®, the company behind SUSE Linux Enterprise, Rancher Prime, and NeuVector Prime, today announced Pilar Santamaria as its new Vice President of AI. Reporting to Frank Feldmann, Chief Strategy Officer, Santamaria will oversee the development and execution of SUSE’s global AI strategy.


Santamaria brings over 25 years of experience in technology and go-to-market leadership, with expertise spanning AI, IoT, cybersecurity and cloud. Prior to SUSE, she was Head of EMEA Cloud Solutions at Google, where she introduced Vertex AI. She has also held senior leadership roles at notable technology companies such as Dell, Microsoft, Cisco, Nortel and Siemens, and serves as a cloud expert for the European Commission.


“Since joining the team, Pilar has evolved SUSE’s AI strategy at pace, acting as a true catalyst across the company. She and her team are going to deliver outstanding results for our customers and change how we innovate as an organization,” said Frank Feldmann, Chief Strategy Officer at SUSE. “I’m excited to see the fruits of those developments come to life on stage at SUSECON.”


Santamaria will appear on stage at SUSE’s annual developer conference, SUSECON, in June in Berlin. Alongside CEO Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, she will outline her vision for SUSE’s approach to AI and share exciting updates about the company’s developments in AI.


“It's clear that open source is the future of AI. Compared to the first wave of AI solutions we’ve seen emerge over the past few years, open source AI has noticeable advantages when it comes to privacy, compliance, security, flexibility and cost,” said Santamaria. “SUSE is ideally positioned to bring these benefits to customers, and I'm thrilled to be a part of the team that will make that happen.”


SUSECON brings SUSE customers, partners and community members together to explore how the latest open source advances can meet the technical needs and business challenges of the enterprise IT customer. This year, the annual conference will take place June 17-19 in Berlin. Learn more about SUSECON here.


About SUSE

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