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Jaluna names ex-Wind River exec new CEO

Aug 16, 2005 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Jaluna, maker of OSware embedded virtual infrastructure software, Tuesday named Peter Richards its new chief executive officer. Richards replaces co-founder Michel Gien, who will continue as executive vice president of corporate development. The new CEO will be based at Jaluna's US headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., the company said.

Richards's background includes top-level sales executive positions in design automation tools (CoWare Inc.), real-time software (Wind River), and telecommunications (Tandem Computers). Thus, Richards appears to be a good fit for Jaluna, which is targeting real-time systems that make use of OSes such as Linux and VxWorks combined on a single processor.

Richards brings more than 30 years of operational and business leadership experience to Jaluna. He will direct the company's strategy and operations and focus on growth through customer service, multi-functional sales and business development initiatives, the company says.

In June, another high-ranking Michel at Jaluna, its then-VP of marketing, Michel Genard, moved to Timesys as executive VP of marketing and business development.

Jaluna's OSware platform enables multiple operating systems and their respective application software stacks to co-exist and interoperate on a single processor. OSware is aimed at application domains ranging from telecom/datacom equipment to next-generation mobile phones, and set-top boxes, and other customer premises equipment, where time-constrained critical applications (such as telephony) and legacy applications need to run concurrently with general purpose operating system services, according to the company.

In April, Jaluna was named to “The 2005 Red Herring 100 Europe,” in what marked the publication's first “top 100” list focused exclusively on the most promising startups in Europe. Additionally, the company was France's 4th-best funded startup in 2004, according to then-CEO Michel Gien.

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