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The openSUSE Project welcomes Jos Poortvliet as new Community Manager

July 28th, 2010 by

We’re proud to announce today that Jos Poortvliet will join the openSUSE project and Novell as openSUSE Community Manager starting on August 1. With Jos we’ve found a leader with excellent community building experience combined with a very welcoming nature, many fresh, promising ideas and a strong drive to grow the openSUSE Project. Jos holds a degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of Utrecht and has gained valuable experience in several professional roles ranging from Project Manager at KPN to Service Level Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland. Last but not least, Jos is a leading member of the KDE Marketing Team and has helped Akademy and the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit attract a vibrant and collaborative audience.

Jos commented, “The opportunity to become part of the international openSUSE community is very exciting. There are a great number of interesting developments going on in the free software world, and openSUSE plays a major role in many of them. I look forward to working with the community on these, helping it grow, finding new directions and ways of developing, and delivering its innovative technologies to users and developers around the world.”

We enthusiastically welcome Jos and look forward to his working with the openSUSE community to shape the future of the openSUSE project. After his start he will be deeply involved in the openSUSE conference, other community events and activities, and of course he will have the pleasure of promoting openSUSE wherever possible.

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5 Responses to “The openSUSE Project welcomes Jos Poortvliet as new Community Manager”

  1. I think it is better to explain his plan so we know exactly the direction and we can help to grow openSUSE community.
    Anyway, Welcome Jos!

  2. Rock ‘N’ Roll

    Now lets see what you’re made of Kaaskopp :)

  3. Congratulations! All the best to Jos. And remember: you can’t really “manage” a Community ;)

  4. jospoortvliet

    Dude, bloody german, you need a kick in the ass :D

    @all tnx for the congrats. @LenZ you’re right, see my blog:
    http://nowwhatthe.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-job.html

  5. dragonbite

    Welcome Jos! You’ve got a lot of work ahead of you, but a chance to make some big differences! Good luck!