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.
1000 reasons for SUSE
Melissa Di Donato | Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer for SUSE, Melissa Di Donato is responsible for all aspects of the SUSE business and its worldwide growth.
Melissa Di Donato has a proven track record in sales, business operations and leadership focused on high growth and transformation. Prior to SUSE, Melissa was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at SAP where she was responsible for the worldwide revenue, profit and customer satisfaction of the company's digital core solutions. She also held senior executive positions at Salesforce and was recognized for her contributions to growing global organizations by winning the 2018 Digital Masters Award for Excellence in Commercial Management.
Melissa is highly regarded for her forward-thinking leadership style and is a passionate advocate for workplace diversity. This includes her role as Technology Group Chair of the 30% Club – an organization with the goal of achieving 30 percent female directors on S&P 100 boards by 2020. She also holds prominent positions in other organizations, including Notion Capital, and is a trustee for charity Founders4Schools.
Melissa is SUSE's first female CEO and completed her education at American University, Kogod School of Business, graduating with an MBA in International Business.
Andy Myers | Chief Financial Officer
Andy is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and responsible for worldwide finance, tax and treasury operations, customer operations, commercial finance, global real estate, procurement and travel. Andy has a wealth of global finance and commercial experience serving as CFO in BMW/Rover Group, McLaren Technology Group and Rolls Royce plc. Prior to joining SUSE, he was the Chief Financial Officer of SHL Group, the global leader in talent innovation. He is a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chair at Berkeley Group Holdings plc.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in production engineering and management and is a Chartered Accountant, ACA. Andy lives in the UK and is married with three children.
Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo | President of Engineering & Innovation
As President of Engineering & Innovation, Thomas drives the rapid growth of SUSE's expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to software-defined products such as the 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.
Paul Devlin | Chief Customer Officer
With a passion for people growth and a significant track record of growing software businesses, both on premise and in the cloud, Paul has over 25 years of leadership experience in Sales and Consulting. He has held various Executive leadership positions in the UK, Europe, Middle East and USA, having held senior roles with SAP, SAS, Teradata and MicroStrategy, before joining SUSE.
Paul graduated in 2016 with a Masters in Leading Sales Transformation at Middlesex University. As a result of his Masters study, Paul has gone on to create software that supports Sales and Pre-Sales coaching for leadership and has had several articles on Sales Transformation published. Paul is also a Fellow of the Association Of Professional Sales, he holds advanced Leadership certification from Cranfield University UK and Centre for Creative Leadership in Colorado USA.
A father of five and a keen football fan, Paul also enjoys continuing his research on sales performance and people development when not spending quality time with his family.
Michael A. Riley | Chief Growth Officer
Michael A. Riley is Chief Growth Officer with responsibility for executing SUSE’s current growth initiatives, driving corporate transformation and creating new value-driven partnerships. He is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of scaling SaaS technology and services businesses, and leading strategy and operations.
Michael is accomplished at delivering significant revenue and cost synergies for multiple merger and acquisition integration projects at companies such as IBM, KPMG and Sprint. Prior to SUSE Michael served as Hitachi Vantara’s VP of Strategy and Operations where he directed world-wide operations and growth initiatives.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He enjoys fishing and running. Michael lives in the United States of America and is married with two sons.
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 | Chief HR Officer
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 | SVP Legal and General Counsel
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.
April Moh | Chief Communications Officer
As Chief Communications Officer, April Moh leads SUSE's newly-created integrated communications team spanning public relations, analyst relations, internal and executive communications and marketing communications.
April is a passionate believer in the power of influence, and has spent over a decade of her career in the technology space shaping the world's perceptions of companies small and large.
Prior to SUSE, April was VP and Global Head of Communications for SAP – managing integrated communications for their ERP business. She has also managed communications for Microsoft and Concur. April began her career in the start-up world helping daring upstarts gain market share, launch their companies, secure funding and successfully get acquired.
Recognized for her ability to lead teams from vision to execution and impact via strong cross-company collaboration, April's core belief is that leading with intent drives bold business outcomes.
Bruno Ferreira | President, Global Field Sales
Bruno Ferreira is responsible for the field sales teams globally at SUSE and brings with him a wealth of experience from AI RPA market Leader UiPath, where, as Managing Director for the UKI he was responsible for one of the largest Market Units globally. Bruno served clients around the EMEA and Latin America regions in a variety of industries, ranging from high-tech to professional services and oil & gas to retail. Having gained additional experience at numerous technology giants – including SAP, Oracle and IDC.
"I'm a Business Builder and people connector, passionate about Sales, creating opportunities and living life to the fullest. And what that means is that I really love to study/execute how to make our customers more successful and result in higher penetration of markets and/or adoption of our open source technology."
Bruno holds a BS in Marketing & Sales and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has lived and worked in Latin America, the US, and currently resides in London.
Ivo Totev | Chief Product & Marketing Officer
A 25-year veteran in the IT industry, Ivo Totev is the Chief Product and Marketing Officer of SUSE. He is responsible for helping customers reimagine their businesses through clear, user-centric product roadmaps; as well as building brand equity and customer engagement focused on business outcomes via creative marketing strategies.
Prior to SUSE, Ivo was President, LoB Marketing at SAP where he defined the marketing vision and execution for all of SAP’s lines of business, including ERP, Digital Supply Chain, Analytics and Platform Technology. Ivo was also the CMO and Head of Cloud Business at Software AG, as well as the CMO of Unit4.
Ivo is an active coach and mentor who enjoys sharing his experience with his teams to help them professionally evolve. He is a passionate believer in the power of teamwork – having rowed in a coxed four in his student years, he recognizes one parallel in rowing and in life: that great achievements are accomplished by teams, less so by individuals.
Outside of work, Ivo loves spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys the great outdoors and can frequently be found on his bike, on skis or in his running shoes.
Michael Miller | President of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances
As President of Corporate Development and Strategic Alliances, Michael leads the strategy and teams focused on SUSE’s M&A practice, business development and global strategic alliances. He is instrumental in driving SUSE into the emerging technology spaces that solve real and future customer business needs.
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, corporate development, and alliances. Michael applies a practical and results-driven approach to building teams, creating alliances, negotiating deals 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.
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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