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Canonical’s Shuttleworth: We’ll Have New CEO In 2010

The big news in the Ubuntu world this week is Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement that he’ll be stepping down as CEO of Canonical and transitioning the CEO crown to Canonical insider Jane Silber.  Here’s the news, with some thoughts on what this means for Ubuntu and Canonical.

As Shuttleworth explained on his website, Jane Silber, who has served as COO of Canonical since its early days, will take over many of the formal responsibilities of running Canonical and managing its business.  This change will allow Shuttleworth to concentrate on “design and quality” of the company’s products.

According to Canonical’s blog, Shuttleworth’s transition out of the CEO chair will be complete by March 2010. Canonical promises that the move will involve no change in the direction or mission of Canonical, and is intended to better align Shuttleworth’s skills and passions with his tasks.

What it means

By all indications, there’s every reason to believe that this development will entail no fundamental changes for Ubuntu or any other of Canonical’s projects.  They should continue marching forward unaltered.

Moreover, Shuttleworth’s decision to focus on developing new products and software rather than managing Canonical’s business will likely prove to be in the interests of the Ubuntu community.  Shuttleworth, who made his fortune developing encryption software and entered the free-software world as a contributor to Debian, has never been as much of a manager as a developer. Putting Silber in his place as CEO in order for Shuttleworth to focus on what he does best–designing and writing code–will not hurt.

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Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO

In a morning press call on Dec. 17, 2009, Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was stepping down as head of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. In his place, Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer who has been with Canonical since 2004, will take over as CEO.

Shuttleworth added that he will not in any way, shape, or form be leaving Ubuntu. In an interview, Shuttleworth said that he’s will stay head of the Ubuntu Community Council and the Ubuntu Technical Board. Instead of managing the business, he will be “working closely on product design and our enterprise customers. I will also be working more closely with partners, especially in Asia. I will also work more closely with larger enterprise customers in our new cloud offerings. I will be spending more time on the areas that interest me the most and where I feel I can do the most good.”

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