Not long ago, it was announced that Jane Silber will replace Mark Shuttleworth as Canonical’s CEO leaving the position of COO vacant. Today, the commercial backer of Ubuntu has announced Matt Assay as the new COO.
Matt is the author of CNET’s popular blog The Open Road. Prior to joining Canonical, he was the VP of Business Development for Alfresco, an Open Source CMS. He will be “responsible for aligning strategic goals and operational activities, the optimization of day-to-day operations, and leadership of Canonical marketing and back-office functions.”
A founding member of Novell’s Linux Business Office and an early influencer and participant in the company’s move to Open Source, Matt Assay will bring to Canonical and the Ubuntu project an in depth knowledge of commercial marketing of open source
“Before Novell, Asay was General Manager at Lineo, an embedded Linux software start-up, where he ran Lineo’s Residential Gateway business. He is an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI).”
What I can infer from the recent reshuffles that have taken place in Canonical is that the company is actually reaching its growth stage where it needs veterans who know the Open Source and Free Software terrain pretty well to steer its affairs. I think Matt Assay falls right into that description. I believe it will not be long before we see a fully grown, profitable entity backing the Ubuntu project.
You can follow Matt Assay on Twitter to get a scoop of his thoughts and what he’s up to. Matt, I wish you the best of luck!