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.

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.
Jim Zemlin
Community Advisor, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation
Jim Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing, and open source software. Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate innovation in technology through the use of open source and Linux. He works with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud, and on a variety of mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry.
Ibrahim Haddad
Community Advisor, Executive Director of the LF AI Foundation
Ibrahim Haddad (Ph.D.) is the Executive Director of the LF AI Foundation. Prior to the Linux Foundation, Haddad served as Vice President of R&D and Head of the Open Source Division at Samsung Electronics. Throughout his career, Haddad has held several technology and portfolio management roles at Ericsson Research, the Open Source Development Lab, Motorola, Palm and Hewlett-Packard. He graduated with Honors from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, where he was awarded the J. W. McConnell Memorial Graduate Fellowship and the Concordia University 25th Anniversary Fellowship.
Dan Kohn
Community Advisor, VP of Strategic Programs of CNCF
Dan serves as VP, Strategic Programs of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus. Dan is also General Manager of LF Public Health, a new initiative to use open source software to help public health authorities combat COVID-19. He previously helped create and launch the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative as an industry-wide response to the security vulnerabilities demonstrated by Heartbleed. He earlier served as CTO of several startups, including Spreemo, a healthcare marketplace, and Shopbeam, a shoppable ads company. Earlier, he was a general partner at Skymoon Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm that created startups in semiconductors and telecom infrastructure. Dan helped manage a number of telecoms firms controlled by Craig McCaw and started his career as founder and CEO of NetMarket, one of the first Internet companies.
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.