FreeBSD Foundation Board of Directors
The activities of the FreeBSD Foundation are directed by members
of its Board of Directors.
Justin T. Gibbs, President
Justin is a Senior Software Architect currently working on
storage systems for Spectra Logic. His past experience has
ranged from office application development at Microsoft to
embedded systems for general aviation aircraft at Avidyne.
A member of the FreeBSD Development Team since 1993, Justin
has contributed to many areas of the FreeBSD operating system,
and is best known for his work on the SCSI subsystem. After
serving on the FreeBSD Core Team from 1995-2000 he created
the FreeBSD Foundation to provide a non-profit framework for
funding FreeBSD development and community support.
Erwin Lansing, Vice President
Erwin works as a Network and System Engineer at
DK Hostmaster A/S running the danish .dk ccTLD.
He previously held a position as Network Systems Engineer
at the Danish incumbent ISP, TDC and pil.dk, a webhosting
company. He joined the FreeBSD Ports Development Team in
2003 and has been a member of the Ports Management Team
since 2005. He is mainly working on the package building
cluster, creating and distributing ready-to-install binary
packages of 3rd party software for FreeBSD, in addition to
regression testing the integration of FreeBSD with 3rd
party software projects. He is also interested in anything DNS
and actively participates in the ICANN and CENTR communities.
George Neville-Neil, Secretary
George has been dabbling in the BSD world since his undergraduate
days in the mid-1980s. He was granted his commit bit in 2004,
and has served two terms on the FreeBSD Core team between 2006 and 2010.
In 2011, he started organizing the semi-annual FreeBSD Vendor
Summits that gather commercial customers of FreeBSD along with project
members in order to facilitate the movement of technologies between
the Project and its customers.
George co-authored "The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD
Operating System." His technical contributions are mostly within
the FreeBSD network stack with occasional forays into other parts
of the system.
Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick, Treasurer
Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick writes books and articles, teaches
classes on UNIX- and BSD-related subjects, and provides
expert-witness testimony on software patent, trade secret,
and copyright issues particularly those related to operating
systems and filesystems. He has been a developer and commiter
to the FreeBSD Project since its founding in 1994.
While at the University of California at Berkeley, Kirk implemented
the 4.2BSD fast filesystem and was the Research Computer
Scientist at the Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group
(CSRG) overseeing the development and release of 4.3BSD and
4.4BSD. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical
engineering from Cornell University and did his graduate
work at the University of California at Berkeley, where he
received master's degrees in computer science and business
administration and a doctoral degree in computer science.
He has twice been president of the board of the Usenix
Association, is currently a member of the editorial board
of ACM's Queue magazine, and is a member of the USENIX
Association and ACM, and is a senior member of the IEEE.
Dr. Hiroki Sato, Director
Hiroki Sato, Ph.D. joined the FreeBSD Development Team in 2000. He has
been working as a member of the Core Team since 2006 and the Release
Engineering and Documentation Engineering Teams since 2004. His focus
is maintaining the project's documentation, text processing software,
and IPv6 network functionality, while actively promoting FreeBSD in
Asian countries by hosting AsiaBSDCon. In 2014 he founded BSD
Research, a Japan-based non-profit to support development and
communities of FreeBSD in Japan in collaboration with FreeBSD
Foundation. He is currently an assistant professor of Communications
and Computer Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Dr. Robert N. M. Watson, Director
Dr. Watson is a University Lecturer in Systems, Security, and
Architecture at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory,
where he leads a research team exploring intersections between
operating systems, networking, security, program
analysis/transformation, and computer architecture. He has worked
extensively with industrial consumers of FreeBSD to support their
interaction with the open-source community, and developed the MAC
Framework that supports product-specific security models, such as
the sandboxing features in iOS, Mac OS X, and Junos. Previously, Dr.
Watson was a Senior Research Scientist at McAfee Research. He has
served on the FreeBSD Core Team and Foundation Board for over ten
years and has been an active contributor to the open-source FreeBSD
operating system in the areas of security, networking, and release
engineering since the late 1990s.
Dru Lavigne, Director
Dru Lavigne is currently the Community Manager of the PC-BSD
Project, an open source desktop operating system based on
FreeBSD. She is also Chair of the BSD Certification Group
which maintains a global certification standard for system
administration on BSD based operating systems. She has been
using FreeBSD since 1996, has authored several BSD books,
and oversees the PC-BSD and FreeNAS® documentation projects.
Cheryl R. Blain, Director
Cheryl became involved with the FreeBSD community in 2013. She
joins the Foundation's board with extensive experience managing
software development and building strategic alliances for
privately-held, small-cap companies. Cheryl's background includes
community outreach, marketing and fundraising efforts with
Benedict Reuschling, Director
Benedict joined the FreeBSD Project in 2009. After receiving his full
documentation commit bit in 2010, he actively began mentoring other
people to become FreeBSD committers over the years. He is a proctor for
the BSD Certification Group. Benedict has a Master of Science degree in
Computer Science and is teaching a UNIX for software developers class at
the University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany. He joined the
FreeBSD Foundation in 2015.