Mar 03 2022

New CEO Pierre-Yves Gibello announced by the OW2 Board of Directors

The OW2 open source association board of directors is announcing that Pierre-Yves Gibello
has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer effective Friday, April 4, 2022.

Paris, France, March 3, 2022 – OW2, the community that promotes free software for information systems, is delighted to welcome Pierre-Yves Gibello as its new CEO. The software industry expert and passionate open source explorer will build on the foundations laid by Cedric Thomas since 15 years. 

Pierre-Yves Gibello has worked for small and large IT players, as well as research institutes. He has created his own company, and still develops software code, while remaining curious and agile, practising alpinism, backpacking travels and cross-country skiing.

« OW2 became globally recognised during the last 15 years, and its code base increasingly focused on open source software solutions for corporate information systems. Having said that, the vision and the values remain unchanged. The vision is that open source is part of the global software industry and our driving values are still openness, transparency, fairness, trust and independence, » said Cedric Thomas, OW2 CEO since its inception in 2007.

OW2 ambitions to re-inforce its position as key player in the global ecosystem of open source communities with a particular attention given to the development of OW2 Market Readiness Levels and the OW2 Open Source Good Governance Initiative, both of which contribute to the professionalisation of open source software.

Pierre-Yves Gibello, OW2 new CEO, added : « What differentiates us from other open source organisations is our associative spirit, democratic governance (with small companies and individuals being really influential), and mind openness: we don't reject any project, license or initiative by principle, instead we make collegial choices. [...] Big actors and established projects are joining us: companies like AlterWay, Microsoft, Huawei, institutions like Fraunhofer or City of Paris, projects like Rocket.Chat or BlueMind. And some new announces will come soon… »

Learn how OW2 will stay proactive in OSS governance in large organisations. Read the full interviews of the former and new OW2 CEO.  

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