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The Board of Directors [or "BoD"] is the Foundation's Board of Directors, the main administration of the Foundation's projects and teams. Directors are directly elected by Community Members. The Board of Directors consists of seven (7) members and three (3) deputies. The Board of Directors may launch any other teams or committees ad hoc if necessary.
Chairman of the Board
Florian Effenberger has been a free software volunteer for ten years. He is one of the founders as well as the chairman of The Document Foundation, the charitable entity behind LibreOffice. Next to his activities in marketing and public relations, he is a frequent contributor to a variety of professional magazines worldwide. Additionally, his focus is on planning and running Linux-based infrastructure solutions, especially web and mail servers.
Deputy Chairman, TDF Founder, Hacker, OASIS ODF TC member, working on the code since 2001
Thorsten was part of the OpenOffice.org project almost from the start, when he joined the then-Sun-Microsystems
development team back in early 2001. He's a computer scientist by education, and a Free Software
enthusiast by heart, a geek from early childhood - and someone who was lucky enough to turn a hobby
into an occupation.
Senior LibreOffice consultant, main LibreOffice translator for Brazilian Portuguese
Graduated Electronic Engineer in 1982, MSc in Digital Signal Processing in 1985 and MBA in Oil & Gas industry in 2001. He initiated his career as Associate Researcher for digital signal processing in the IBM Scientific Center in Brasilia, Brazil, for the Oil & Gas industry in seismic data processing and high performance computing. Later he moved to marketing and sales for the same industry all over Latin America. In 1998 he joined Oracle Brazil in sales for the Oil & Gas industry and later as Alliance relationship manager for large hardware manufacturers as well as with the Oracle Academic Initiative. Since 2002 and on his own, he participated actively in FLOSS projects notably in OpenOffice.org as Community Council member and as one of the translators for Brazilian Portuguese. He is now senior consultant in LibreOffice technology for large corporations on migration projects.
former Writer Project co-lead and member of the OpenOffice.org Engineering Steering Committee
Caolán is a Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc, and has over 10 years experience
in developing OpenOffice.org. Starting 2000 in Hamburg as an employee of Sun Microsystems
developing StarOffice before its subsequent release under the LGPL as OpenOffice.org later
that year. From 2000 to 2005 Caolán specialized in improving the the binary MSWord import/export
filters, building on his prior experience developing libwv, libwmf and other free software
projects to parse Microsoft binary file formats.
Novell / Linux Desktop Architect
Michael is a Christian and enthusiastic believer in Free software.
His long involvement with OpenOffice.org starts before it was open
sourced, working with Sun to see how best to integrate it into the
Linux Desktop. OpenOffice.org replaced his previous passion: the
gnumeric spreadsheet and its interoperability. Michael has lead, and
helped to grow OpenOffice.org investment through Ximian, to Novell. He
has contributed code to many of the components of the suite, and is
excited about the future of the code.
Former OpenOffice.org NLC Lead and OpenOffice.org Community Council Member (Lang Representative)
Charles-H. Schulz (The "H" letter standing for his second name "Henri") is a French technologist, Free Software and Open Standards advocate. As a long time contributor to the OpenOffice.org project he helped grow its community from a few mostly european communities to over a hundred communities and teams of various sizes. In the end of 2009 he was elected at the Community Council of the OpenOffice.org project. He is currently the lead of the Native-Language Confederation and a member of the Community Council. He also contributed to the development and adoption of the OpenDocument Format standard through the company he co-founded, Ars Aperta. Member of several international organizations he helped to create the Digital Standards Group and is part of the OASIS standards consortium, of which he is now one of the directors.
TDF founder and former member of TDF Steering Committee, active in the OOo marketing project from 2004 to 2010
Italo Vignoli is partner and president of Quorum PR, a PR agency focused on high-technology and social media. He has over thirty years of experience in marketing and communication of high-tech companies in Italy and at international level. Since 1984, he is connected to the network with a portable PC and a messaging or e-mail system, despite a degree in humanities from the University of Milan, where he has been a researcher on urban geography. He is working as a freelance journalist since 1972, writing about sports, music and IT.
Former OpenOffice.org Catalan Native Lang Project Leader, Former OpenOffice.org Catalan L10N Project Leader
Since 2000 has been the Catalan Native Lang Project Leader / L10N of OpenOffice.org
and started to produce full builds of the suite in Catalan language downloaded
over the years by millions of people. In 2007 he was the main contact and responsible
of the OpenOffice.org Conference 2007 in Barcelona (Spain) organized by Softcatalà.
In 2009 successfully completed a Google Summer of Code (GSOC) project, mentored
by Fridrich Strba, about cross-compiling the office suit.
Maintainer of the LibreOffice extension and template site infrastructure, Maintainer of OOo / LibO portable
Andreas Mantke made his first experience with free software at the end of the 1990s when he started to use a SuSE Linux distribution. That time he tried out also some of the development packages of OpenOffice.org. In 2002 he joined the Germanophone project at OpenOffice.org and wrote his first howto 'First Steps in Impress'. He served for about four years as contact person for documentation in that project and wrote some more howtos. He got involved also in some other projects of OpenOffice.org, e.g. documentation and extensions website, and worked with the OpenOffice.org Portable team (later the LibreOffice Portable team). Andreas supported the way to an independent foundation as the home for development of the office suite and its community from the announcement in September 2010 and started working for LibreOffice and The Document Foundation on different areas during his spare time then.
Developer, LibreOffice Package Maintainer at Ubuntu
Bjoern Michaelsen is a currently employed by Canoncial Ltd. and is responsible for the packaging for LibreOffice on Ubuntu. He joined the company and LibreOffice development in February 2011, coming from Oracle (and before that Sun), where he was working on the same codebase for a few years in the Writer/Framework area. Even since long before that he is an open source enthusiast and did start with minor contributions to a range of open source projects.