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Summary

I connect Engineering strategy with open source compliance by applying a pragmatic understanding of people, policy, and politics. My attention to corporate dynamics enables me to steer initiatives to success. I am passionate about the way people collaborate to create value. I have spent years exploring the dynamics of sharing systems and communal behaviors. My background is in enterprise architecture, public speaking, and mentoring.

Work History

Mar 2010Present

Sr. Director of Open Source, Standards

Yahoo, Inc.

I am responsible for Yahoo's open source and standards policies and strategies. I also run  engineering services focused on:

  • Open Source. Managing inbound license compliance, contribution licenses, outbound code publication (over 300 projects), GitHub site and license compliance for 30 mobile apps and distributed products.
  • Open Source Legal and Business Development. I support M&A due diligence, divestitures, and contract issues related to open source (over 50 deals).
  • Open Source Foundations. I manage the relationships with Apache, Linux, Node.JS, OpenStack foundations, as well as the //TODO Group.
  • Open Standards. I am Yahoo's contact for W3C. I manage our participation on 8 industry working groups.
  • Engineering Excellence. I run the Engineering Standards Group.
  • Technical Documentation. I manage the technical documentation team responsible for publishing tech docs for internal platforms.
  • Hackdays. My team managed quarterly hackday innovation fairs where hundreds of  engineers compete on new product ideas.
  • Engineering Collaboration. After bringing Jive to replace the corporate intranet, I'm responsible for supporting the engineering collaboration efforts on Jive.
Feb 2009Mar 2010

Industry Analyst and Web Strategist

Self employed

Provided strategic consulting and insight to clients looking to improve business results by using social computing techniques. Provided custom research about the enterprise 2.0 (social business) marketplace, workshops, executive briefings, and consulting services.

Mar 2008Feb 2009

Senior Analyst

Forrester Research

Published research for Information and Knowledge Management professionals on enterprise collaboration topics.

  • My reports earned a customer rating score 9.1 on scale of 10
  • Delivered lectures, briefings, and workshops at industry events in the US and UK for commercial and government clients
  • My research focused on emerging technology trends for leveraging collaboration technologies in business settings


Jan 2007Feb 2008

Technology Director

Fidelity Investments

Produced events supporting strategic initiatives and managed internal communities focused on these efforts.

  • Increased annual programs from 18 to 24, increasing employee participation from 5,800 to over 15,000
  • Focused on the implementation of social collaboration technologies within the enterprise
  • Published reports on virtual worlds, collaboration, technology readiness, and XBRL
Sep 1999Dec 2006

Director of Enterprise Architecture

Fidelity Investments

Managed technology architects in 10 business units to support of shared .NET shared code initiative.

  • Managed an internal consultancy servicing over 1000 developers, coordinating training, support, and vendor management
  • Reduced development costs by $10 million per year and measurably reduced code failures and operational costs
  • Developed an IT governance program coordinating the selection of over 200 technology vendors and versions for all business units
  • Authored performance guidelines and security policies for .NET application development
Sep 1993Aug 1999

Senior Developer / Product Manager

Fidelity Investments
  • Technology Consultant for a cross-divisional CRM platform
  • Product Manager for a workflow processing system that handled the processing 60,000 customer mail items per day
  • Developed C++/Unix and Windows imaging systems used by 4000 customer service representatives
Feb 1993Sep 1993

Consultant

Cambridge Technology Partners
  • Data Design consulting for Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • IT strategy and planning consulting for a military engineering client
May 1989Feb 1993

Knowledge Engineer

Xerox Corp.
  • Developed artificial intelligence learning systems for the Knowledge-Based System Competency Center in Applied Research Division
  • Saved Xerox $600 million in excess inventory over two years
  • Earned Circle of Excellence Award granted to top 50 IT employees

Education

Aug 1986Jan 1990

Undergraduate Scholar's Degree in Artificial Intelligence

Case Western Reserve University

As a member of the undergraduate scholars program (UGSP), I developed the Artificial Intelligence major for the university. Graduated with a scholar's degree, honors cum laude.