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I connect engineering strategy with open source compliance by applying a pragmatic understanding of people, policy, and politics. My passion for collaboration helps me find ways to improve the way people create value with transparency. I have extensive experience leading teams and leveraging social behaviors to drive business outcomes. My background is in enterprise architecture, public speaking, and mentoring.

Work Experience

Mar 2010Present

Sr. Director of Open Source, Standards

Verizon Media (was Yahoo, Inc.)

I am responsible for Verizon Media's (Yahoo + Aol) 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 500 projects), GitHub site and license compliance for more than180 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).
  • Yahoo Developer Network: I manage external technology services and partnerships via APIs, SDKs, and open source products.
  • Open Source Foundations: I manage the relationships with Apache, Linux, and TODOgroup.
  • Open Standards: I am Yahoo's contact for W3C. 
  • Engineering Excellence: I ran the Engineering Standards Group.
  • Technical Documentation: I managed 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 was  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 technologies on the intranet and internet. Published custom research, and provided 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 programs from 18 to 24, and employee participation from 5,800 to 15,000
  • Implemented 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 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 development
Sep 1993Aug 1999

Senior Developer / Product Manager

Fidelity Investments
  • Technology Consultant for a cross-divisional CRM platform
  • Product Manager for workflow processing system handling 60K customer letters daily
  • Developed cross-platform imaging system used by 4k customer service representatives
Feb 1993Sep 1993


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