SOURCE: CodePlex Foundation

February 03, 2010 09:05 ET

Open Source Association Veteran Paula Hunter Named Executive Director of the CodePlex Foundation

Track Record in Managing and Promoting Industry Organizations Brings Diversity to Open Source Foundation

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - The CodePlex Foundation, a non-profit foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities, today announced the appointment of Paula Hunter to the post of Executive Director. Hunter comes to the CodePlex Foundation with more than 15 years experience in high technology marketing, operations and business development, including leadership roles at open source organizations Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and United Linux.

Hunter is the first full-time staff member to join the CodePlex Foundation. She will be responsible for the Foundation's operations, including personnel, budgets, and programs, with primary responsibility for sponsor development; evangelism for the Foundation and its mission; and outreach to key open source organizations including other foundations.

"The CodePlex Foundation has a unique opportunity to facilitate interaction among corporate software developers interested in participating in open source projects, the open source community, and software companies," said Hunter. "I am looking forward to driving the Foundation's mission of advancing dialog between software companies and open source communities, supporting the Board of Directors, and working with sponsors and key influencers to establish the Foundation as an essential facilitator of community collaboration."

"Paula has a compelling combination of industry insight, executive-level business savvy and experience working with not-for-profits and strong Boards," said Sam Ramji, interim President, CodePlex Foundation Board of Directors. "With this appointment, the Foundation is taking a big step towards a permanent management and governance structure that will aid us in achieving our mission."

Most recently Hunter served as Director of Operations for SEMPO, the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, a non-profit professional association working to increase awareness and promote the value of Search Engine Marketing worldwide. Prior to SEMPO, Hunter was director of worldwide marketing and business development for the Open Source Development Labs, where she was instrumental in driving membership growth of industry advocacy group and lead initiatives to increase industry awareness and engage large enterprise IT organizations with OSDL programs. Previously, Hunter was general manager of UnitedLinux, a joint venture formed to create a unified Linux offering. She began her career at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she managed marketing programs for DEC's UNIX Workstation and PC product lines.

Hunter received a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.

About The CodePlex Foundation

The CodePlex Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation created as a forum in which open source communities and the software development community can come together with the shared goal of increasing participation in open source community projects. For more information about the CodePlex Foundation contact

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