VMware Exec Paul Fazzone Tapped for Cloud Foundry Board Chairman Post

April 8, 2020

Paul Fazzone, SVP Tanzu R&D at VMware, has been named Chairman of the Cloud Foundry Foundation Board of Directors. Fazzone was previously named treasurer in December 2017. Fazzone replaces John Roese, Dell EMC global CTO, who will remain Dell EMC’s representative on the Board.

“This next chapter for Cloud Foundry will be a shift forward in focusing on evolving the technology to a Kubernetes-based platform and supporting the diverse set of contributors who will make that outcome possible,” said Fazzone. “In my new role as Chairman of the Board, I look forward to helping guide the Foundation toward its goal of expanding and bolstering the ecosystem, its community and its core of users.”

The Cloud Foundry Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for the oversight and management of the Foundation’s business affairs, property and interests, while technical decision-making authority is vested in the Foundation’s various Project Management Committees and technical project teams.

“We thank John for the indelible mark he has made since joining the Board,” said Chip Childers, executive director of Cloud Foundry Foundation. “We anticipate first-rate input and oversight from Paul as we continue to refine the industry standard developer experience for the cloud native landscape.”

Fazzone is responsible for the company’s Kubernetes and application modernization products and related open source initiatives. Fazzone led VMware’s strategy and execution to support the cloud native needs of Enterprise application development and infrastructure platform operation teams (including VMware acquisitions of Heptio & Pivotal). Fazzone has guided global product teams to deliver industry’s leading network, virtualization, cloud infrastructure and application development products for Enterprise and Service Provider customers. Prior to VMware, Fazzone led product management at Nicira (acquired by VMware in 2012), and was responsible for data center networking products at Cisco.

CTO Chip Childers will assume the role of executive director beginning April 2. Current executive director, Abby Kearns, has accepted an executive role elsewhere, to be announced.

“One of the things any transition in leadership can benefit from is continuity. Ideally, a new leader is familiar both to the organization itself as well as the ecosystem it inhabits,” said Stephen O’Grady, principal analyst with RedMonk. “In Chip Childers, the Cloud Foundry has exactly that: a known and trusted individual who has a firm grasp not only on where the Cloud Foundry has come from but where it is today and where it will need to go in the years ahead.”

Cloud Foundry has seen vast growth worldwide with 3,600 contributors since inception; more than 39,000 commits in the last 12 months alone; nearly 108,000 people participating in global community events; and 43 total Foundation members. According to market research from Gartner, Cloud Foundry’s total market value is approximately $3.1 billion, rising to $5.25 billion in a few years.

“We as a Foundation are turning the page to a new chapter: raising the profiles of our technical contributors, highlighting the community’s accomplishments and redefining the Cloud Foundry platform as the best Kubernetes experience for enterprise developers,” said Childers. “Abby has done a tremendous job leading the Foundation through a period of massive growth and upheaval in the cloud native world. Her leadership was instrumental in building Cloud Foundry as a leading cloud development tool.”

“Chip has been spearheading the focus on the evolution of the technology to a Kubernetes-based platform for some time now,” said Paul Fazzone, incoming Chairman of the Board at Cloud Foundry Foundation and SVP Tanzu R&D at VMware. “His goal is to ensure the ecosystem and users come along on this journey. During her four years at the helm, Abby partnered closely with Chip as CTO to drive results for the entire Cloud Foundry ecosystem. I can’t think of a better leader than Chip to succeed her and steer this community in a new direction while continuing to be the best enterprise developer experience for the cloud.”

“I am tremendously proud of Cloud Foundry and of the Foundation we have all built together,” said Kearns. “Cloud Foundry offers the premier developer experience for the cloud native landscape and has seen massive adoption in the enterprise. It also has one of the strongest, kindest, most diverse communities (and staff) in open source. I leave the organization in the best hands possible. Chip was the first Foundation staff member and has served as CTO for more than four years. There is literally nobody else in the world more qualified for this job.”

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