Governing Board

The TARS Foundation is under Linux Foundation umbrella. Its Governing Board of Directors is comprised of senior leaders from across the IT industry. Board members represent TARS Foundation members and the TARS developer community, and set the strategic direction for the organization.

Jim Xu
Principal Engineer at Zenlayer
Jim Xu is a principal Engineer at Zenlayer. Zenlayer is an innovative company in the Edge Cloud business. Before joining Zenlayer, he was a Tech Leader in Cisco’s flagship products, a Principal Engineer at Futurewei Technologies enterprise Networking and Edge Computing products. He also partnered with several companies before, on the Edge Computing IoT and on Decentralized Cloud. He has been granted over 20 US and international patents. He was actively involved in early DPDK and ODL projects, and advocated Edge Infrastructure, Distributed Storage, Hyperledger technologies across with other partners.
Mark Shan
Board Chair of TARS Foundation
More than ten years experience in large-scale Internet research and development, operation and management of the Internet, has served in Baidu, Sina and Tencent. Responsible for the company's operating system, application security, global load balancing platform, messaging middleware, public login, process system, operating platform, operational planning, resources and budget management. Recently, he is committed to open source and open source ecosystem construction. He is responsible for the development of TARS open source technology and community. He has promoted Tencent's ten-year microservice architecture system to open source, and developed TARS into Multi-language microservice development frameworks, such as C++, Java, Go, Node.js, PHP, Python, .Net Core, etc., and also contributed TARS into the Linux Foundation.
Kevin Ryan
Senior Director - Ecosystem Development & Developer Program at Arm
An industry veteran with broad leadership background across all Go-To-Market functions, I started as a product manager, driving advanced product development and launches at Silicon Graphics. From there, I advanced into leadership roles, including Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at multiple companies. I was fortunate along the way to be in quota-carrying roles, driving revenue through vertical market initiatives, OEM relationships and channel partnerships. Most recently, my team at Arm is focused on driving the software ecosystem with a focus on the server and networking software stack from the network edge to the cloud. A deep understanding of technology and the markets our partners serve, combined with a belief that partnerships are essential to developing complete solutions, provides a unique perspective and passion for technology that translates into real world benefits for our customers.