Board Press Release New President 2012

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2012 OSGeo Board, Executive and Membership Renewal Completed

The annual OSGeo Board of Directors and Charter Membership elections have come to a close with the first meeting of the new board, and selection of a new executive. During the process 22 new charter members were added bringing this group to 144 charter members from around the world. During the Board of Directors election, the following new board members were elected for a two year term:

  • Anne Ghisla
  • Jeff McKenna
  • Daniel Morissette
  • Cameron Shorter
  • Frank Warmerdam

The new board, including the returning Peter Batty, Michael Gerlek and Mark Lucas is pleased to announce the following executive:

  • President: Frank Warmerdam
  • Treasurer: Daniel Morissette
  • Secretary: Michael Gerlek

As the new President of OSGeo, Frank Warmerdam brings many years of geospatial experience and has been involved in the OSGeo foundation since its inception. He is known for his work with the GDAL/OGR translation library, which has become the backbone of the spatial industry. Daniel Morissette is continuing the role of Treasurer and brings practical experience as a business owner to this key role as well as over a decade of experience as a technical contributor and community leader in the MapServer project and OSGeo. Michael Gerlek is returning to the role of Secretary and brings a passion for supporting OSGeo both locally and globally.

About his new role as OSGeo President Frank Warmerdam says, "OSGeo has a fantastic set of volunteers, projects and an energized board and I believe we can continue to move forward on many fronts in the coming year. I can't think Arnulf Christl, our past president enough for his tireless work. While I can't fill his shoes as a world trotting speaker on behalf of OSGeo, I believe we can as a community continue to be everywhere."

About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The Foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.